We are living in a data-driven world. Today, anything that is constantly in demand in the market and will continue to be so is the data. Companies across the world are in constant search of authentic data, and as we are not aware of their purpose of collecting data its is best that we should try our best to keep data from our technical devices as safe as possible.
If you are keen on getting hold of latest technology and updates then you should be one of those few people who already have Android 11 running on their phones. If not, then soon your handsets will be introduced to it in weeks or months.
As it is the need of an hour, most of us look for security and privacy features in every update from Android. The latest one has also some of the best security features and so it does not fail the users as far as their privacy and data security are concerned. Let’s see what are these security features of Android 11:
You have been allowing apps to access your camera and microphone while using them. However, with Android 11, it is a little different. You should be aware of this one-time permission setting. It means that the app can use your microphone and cameras for now, but next time it has to ask again.
Apps that you don’t use frequently should be set up with one-time permission access. This feature will show you the new option that appears on the key permission camera, microphone, and location, which you should choose wisely. There is another new feature associated with it. If you cease to use the app for a few months then all the previous permission will be reset, requesting them again will be required.
Scoped storage may not seem an important feature from the perspective of an end-user, but it plays a vital role in behind the scene security. Scoped storage means that apps on your phone have access to their own silos of data, but they do not allow silos of data from other apps. This feature can keep your sensitive information more secure.
Scoped storage can surely enhance the security of the information, but it is not one hundred percent practical solution. For example, a photo editing app requires access to your phone’s gallery. Scoped storage does not completely make it impossible, but the developers will have to abide by the Android rules and face little extra difficulties to make it happen. In short, in Android 11 the apps will have more restrictions on them.
Access to the Background Location:
One more permission-related feature that you should know about is the background location access. When the apps initially ask permission for tracking the location, the option for enabling it all the time, is not available, even while the app is not running. The user has to visit the app’s page in the Android setting to do it. This extra step makes us think twice about accessing the app for the background location.
Security ID Credentials:
Though it is more for the future of the mobile operating system, and there is nothing much you can do with this now, but Android 11 has already taken the first futuristic step by introducing the special tools for managing secure identities on your phone. For example, you can keep an e-copy of your driving license and other important documents on your phone. Though it is not completely enabled, it is there is in Android 11 if developers want to use it. However, the feature may not be available for every region and every Android 11 devices. It is important to note that your credentials will be stored offline so that your personal information cannot be transmitted on the web.
Encryption and Biometrics:
These are two small updates in Android 11, but worth mentioning. Android 11 biometric allows face and fingerprint unlock. It is now also extended to a wider range of devices with more authorization levels. As far as encryption is concerned, Android devices are already encrypted as without your pin no one can access the data on your phone. However, in Android 11 the encryption becomes effective right after the over-the-air update, even before you have logged back in. This small change can surely increase the security for your private information.
Google Play Store Updates:
Android 11 is built on Project Mainline, which encourages key security updates through Play Store. This means that you don’t have to rely on the manufacture to use the new version of Android before your device is secured.
Major updates in Android 11 are going to be introduced once a year as usual with new features and better options. However, Project Mainline is a clear indication that Google will react quickly and accurately to security threats on Android and ensure that any device with access to the Play Store is fixed as fast as possible.