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Android 5.0 Lollipop Security And Privacy Features

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Friday, January 23rd, 2015


Android 5.0 Lollipop is the latest version of the extremely popular Android Operating System. The OS, which made its debut in October’ 2014, includes tons of new features and is also capable of running on a wide variety of devices. The new operating system also boasts of several new security features that are designed to keep your data safe and private at all times. Here is an overview of the security options available with the OS:

1) Encryption – Starting with Android 5.0, Google has decided to enable encryption by default which means your personal documents, photos, videos and other private data would remain safe from theft and hacking attacks. While encryption was available in the previous versions of Android, it needed to be activated manually.

2) Smart Lock – The OS includes a Smart Lock feature that makes it possible to pair the phone with any Bluetooth gadget and mark it as a trusted device. When the trusted device is in vicinity, unlocking and using the phone is as easy as swiping the screen. However, as soon as the trusted device moves out of range, the phone will auto-lock and would need a PIN or swipe pattern before it can be used again. The great thing about the feature is that it allows you to pair your phone with your car or Smartwatch and eliminates the need to enter the PIN or swipe pattern again and again.

3) Notifications – With Android Lollipop, you have more control than ever as far as user notifications are concerned. For instance, you can view and act upon the notifications without unlocking the screen, disable them when the screen is locked, specify which apps get to access to the latest messages and even mark notifications as private. It is also possible to prioritize messages, mute them for a certain period and control the amount of information that gets displayed on the screen.

4) Kill Switch – Android now includes a kill switch features that makes it easy to disable and remote wipe data for lost and stolen phones.

5) Guest User Mode – With the Guest User Mode turned ON, you can hand over your phone or tablet to your friends without worrying about the security of your personal data. The Guest Mode is 100% configurable and allows you to disable apps and features as per your choice.

6) Screen Pinning – Screen pinning makes it easy to lock the screen to a particular photo, video or document. This feature allows you to share photos or documents without revealing any sensitive information.

7) Interruptions – Android includes a new Interruptions feature that offers total control over who can contact you (and at what time) and whether or not you should be bothered with new calls, messages or reminders.

8) Sandbox – With Android 5.0’s personal sandbox mode, you can use a single device for both personal and official work. What’s more, you can have total control over apps and data through Universal Data Controls.

9) Wi-Fi SSID and Mac Address Protection – Android Lollipop protects your phone and data from targeted advertising and hacking by hiding recently used SSIDs and randomizing Bluetooth Mac addresses during scanning and advertising modes.

10) Security Enhanced Linux – This feature offers extra protection from dangerous programs and code vulnerabilities. Google will also deliver regular updates and security patches via Google Play to keep your phone safe from the latest security threats.


January 23, 2015
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