Android security - Learn what is security in Android, how to make your Android devices secure, what are security patches and how are they important.
Android Security can be understood as something that is there to protect your Android devices. Android Security works upon protecting the devices from bugs and viruses. It even helps in saving the data and maintaining privacy once the device has been stolen or lost. Google’s Android platforms help us in protecting Android Devices such as mobiles and tablets that support Android. This protection is done against the malware attacks and unauthorized access. Protection against these are important as it may lead in Data or Device loss.
We can ensure the safety of Android even from our sides using Android as follows:
1. Mobile application security applications, and device lock system.
2. VPN connectivities is another important security aspect as it protects the data transition.
3. Scanning the websites to avoid the potential phishing schemes and fraud activities.
4. Finding the lost devices through GPS trackers.
5. There are many security applications available from Google as well as some third-party vendors. Some of the third-party vendors are Kaspersky, Lookout, Avast, and Qihu.
Ok, Do you remember noticing your device getting timely prompts to download new versions of firmwares. You might have thought that they were the latest Android version updates. Or you might have confused it with some new features having been added in your device. But, ending up with nothing new after the download must have let you down. Basically, they were none of the things that I mentioned above, but the security patch updates. Security patches were indeed boring to us, but vital to our devices. Okay, so let us get into this thing called Security Patches, and understand it.
To begin, let us understand the term Security Patch. A security patch is basically a set of changes to a program or its supporting data. This set of changes is made to fix, update or improve its functions and performance.These patches work on the vulnerabilities of the devices and try to reduce them. There are basically two types of bugs/ vulnerabilities that are-
1. The first is the one that causes the software system to behave erroneously. It makes the software malfunction and shows wrong results to users actions.
For example, consider trying to open a music application, but Call logs get opened instead. So yes this type of bugs generally create inconvenience to the users. But, once they get severe they can also leave a deep impact on the reputation.
2. Another type is the one that actually affects the security of the software. Along with the software, it also affects the devices on which the software is installed on.
For example, you can consider the application asking you to enter the username and password but, as soon as you enter the username, it logs in. This might sound interesting but it may lead to leaked information and severe situations later.
So these were the two types, to be more exact, the first category of the bugs might turn into the second if they are manipulated in such a way. And that is the reason that security patches are actually important for us and our devices.
So security patches are important because they address the vulnerabilities of softwares. It is important as it stops cyber criminals from gaining unauthorized access to our devices and data. Security patches for Operating Systems are indeed crucial as OS vulnerability can be too bad at times.
Security patches are distributed to all the Android devices in a timely manner. Thus, there are various different levels of Security patches. You must always keep your device’s security patch level up to date to ensure it is safe.
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