Android 4.2 Features Improved Security with Real Time Scanning
As versatile as the Android OS is, the higher the security risks are not to mention certain developers that launch apps that can access payed services and cause harm. Google is heading in the right direction and with Android 4.x they further improved device encryption and even implemented a system to fight app piracy by storing the files in a separate directory.
With the official announcement regarding the new version of Android Jelly Bean – 4.2 it has been discovered that Google is planning on taking the Android malware protection to a new level. In this version of the OS we will find a real-time app scanning feature that works as an extension to the security features integrated in the Play Store. The purpose of the new feature is to discover those apps that can cause harm to your device’s security and access paid services without you knowing it.
How well the new implementation works still remains to be seen. The service will work with installing third-party apps and the user will be prompted to let Google check them for harmful behavior. It rather works just as an anti-virus functions on your PC. The feature can be disabled or enabled in the device’s settings. Android’s Vice President of Engineering Hiroshi Lockheimer, stated:
“We view security as a universal thing. Assuming the user wants this additional insurance policy, we felt like we shouldn’t exclude one source over another.” Apps are checked via Google’s app database. According to Lockheimer, the company has a “catalog of 700,000 applications in the Play Store, and beyond that, we’re always scanning stuff on the Web in terms of APKs that are appearing.”