Google recently launched Android 8.0 Oreo, it’s latest mobile operating system that brings in a host of security features to protect your device from the latest cyber threats.
Google has introduced several new security features with Android 8.0 Oreo like Play Protect, a secure Autofill API, and revamped app permissions.
Thanks to a number of security features that Google has introduced in its latest mobile operating system, the global software giant hopes to fill a number of security holes that previously allowed hackers to infiltrate malware into vulnerable Android devices.
Here’s a list of security updates that Google has introduced with its latest operating system:
Secure Autofill API
Thanks to this new feature, password managing apps will no longer require device accessibility permissions to autofill saved user information in other apps. The new secure API will enable users to allow their favourite password manager apps to store their sensitive information and to auto-fill such information on any other Android app, thereby making it more convenient and secure for all users.
Permissions for apps from third party app stores and websites
Earlier today, we covered how some Google Play Store apps abused Google’s Accessibility settings to download malicious apps and other malware on user devices without obtaining user consent. Android 8.0 Oreo will make it difficult for such apps to operate effectively.
With the new operating system, Google has done away with the ‘Install From Unknown Sources’ setting which was repeatedly abused by malicious apps. If a user feels the need to download an app from a third party app store, from a website, or via Bluetooth, he will need to visit a new setting called “Install Other apps” which is much safer compared to the previous setting.
Google Play Protect
Introduced earlier this year, Google Play Protect will come pre-installed with Android 8.0 Oreo and will continuously scan apps and devices for harmful behaviour. It will also ensure that Android apps are as secure on devices as they are on the Play Store prior to installation.
‘All Google Play apps go through a rigorous security analysis even before they’re published on the Play Store—and Play Protect warns you about bad apps that are downloaded from other sources too. Play Protect watches out for any app that might step out of line on your device, keeping you and every other Android user safe,’ noted Google in a blog post.
Play Protect will run in the background, constantly scanning apps downloaded from the Play Store or from third party sites. This will help Google protect users from harmful ransomware that hackers inject into devices by masquerading them as common software.
As part of Google Play Protect, Google also introduced Find My Device which will help users locate, ring, lock and erase their Android phones.