The Android system is becoming more popular. There are more models that are capable of doing more things. The apps are affordable, the screens are large and the processing systems are impressive. As technology continues to be enhanced, more people are flocking to the Android system – which means security is more important than it has ever been.
A lot of communication takes place on the Android. This includes speaking on the phone, sending emails, sending texts as well as communicating with different websites across the Internet. All of this can lead to security problems – which can ultimately open up the vulnerability of the system so that it becomes weaker.
The goal of Android security is to ensure the system and device runs as it was designed. Thus, security needs to focus on protecting user data, system resources as well as application isolation. This requires a lot of security architecture to take place as well as knowledge on the part of the user.
Android has taken a lot of time to develop a secure architecture on the phone. This includes helping to maintain the privacy of personal information being stored on the phone as well as being submitted over the network. There are also applications that are designed strictly for the Android phone or tablet that should be used because it maintains the desired level of security.
Not everyone is happy with the device as it is shipped out. A lot of people will unlock the device so they can adjust the OS as they desire. The term “jail breaking” is commonly used, which talks about breaking the codes on the device. While this is favored by a lot of people, it also breaks the architecture of security that has been created on the phone.
When the security architecture is no longer as strong, the phone is opened up to various security threats. Such threats can include an invasion of privacy as well as the ability to receive various malware in downloads. This can ultimately affect the performance of the device and potentially wash away important data.
A security response process needs to be in place. This will ensure that the user is given information about all potential risks. This includes removing applications from Google Play, removing other apps and even updating the Android platform on a regular basis. When these responses occur, it can help to improve the performance of the device and reduce security threats.
Open source is becoming more and more popular. A lot of people like the idea of being able to do more with the device than was originally intended. All over the Internet, there are instructions as to how to update the technologies and use open source on the different Android devices. When this is done, the security is not as strict, which can become dangerous if a user is not careful. It often falls to the user to be cautious in terms of what is being downloaded. Since there aren’t as many controls in place, the OS will not always detect the threats. Users should then be sure that they are only downloading from trusted sources that have the testing and the reviews to say that the download is safe.
There are a lot of security reviews being conducted by Android, Google and various open source communities. This is being done because of the number of apps being created in the marketplace. With hundreds of apps being released on a weekly basis, the Android security needs to be increased in order to protect users. What seems like a helpful app could actually be malware that can destroy all functionality of a device.
While there are secure connections and permissions for users to accept, not everyone pays attention to them the way they should. Many people simply look at the app or the website they want to work with and continue on. However, there are some ways to take security into your own hands. Look for the SSL authentication on websites. Read the user permissions before downloading an app. Determine what you are giving someone access to before you open it up on the device. With more being released for the Android daily, security is absolutely essential.
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Katelyn Roberts is a frequent contributor for NQ Mobile. She writes on a wide variety of topics including technology, green living and entertainment.