This new Android feature will secure your smartphone and fight against malware

This new Android feature will secure your smartphone and fight against malware

Faced with the proliferation of attacks and the discovery each month of new malware on Android, Google has decided to react. The Mountain View firm is taking steps to combat this trend. This is how Android Nougat 7.1 now has a new "panic" mode to alert the user of the possible presence of a malware on his smartphone.

The popularity sometimes has drawbacks. If Android is the most used mobile operating system in the world, it is also the most targeted by criminals. It does not happen a month without a new malware and emerges panic among thousands of users.

Faced with this upsurge of attacks, Google has decided to counterattack. Our colleagues from the XDA site have discovered a new feature launched in all discretion in Android 7.1 Nougat. This can alert users to the presence of a malicious application and thus uninstall it.

This new panic detector automatically identifies a malicious application that tries to take control of the display of your phone via its access authorization and force the return home screen.

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Some malicious applications block the back button. AndroidPIT

How did it work?

Recently, many malware hiding applications aim to block the back button of your smartphone. As a result, users infected by this type of malicious application can no longer return to the main menu and uninstall the application in question. When a user is thus contaminated, his reflex is to press the return button fairly quickly.

Google has therefore implemented in the code of his system a panic detector that will continuously monitor the use of the back button. Android thus analyzes the frequency at which the user presses the button. If the user quickly presses the back button four times, with less than 0.3 seconds between each press, the sacrificial panic detector. Android then forces the application to stop and returns the user to the main menu. All that remains is for the user to uninstall the application completely to root out the problem.

Why Google did not communicate anything?

As is usually the case with computer security, cyber-offenders often have a head start. In order to give them a minimum, Google has certainly thought that all advertising for this feature would be negative and delay as much as possible malicious application developers find a possible parade.

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The panic detector of Android Nougat 7.1 does not allow you to uninstall the application. It's the user to do it. AndroidPIT

Do not forget that prevention is the best weapon

If this new feature is an excellent initiative on the part of Google, it is unfortunately only available to users with a smartphone Android 7.1 Nougat which currently represents only 0.9% of users …

This is why prevention is still the best weapon to fight against a possible "infection". It is therefore advisable to respect elementary rules by living on dubious sites, to download applications whose origin is unknown or to open attached parts from unknown users.

What do you think of this new feature? Do you appreciate Google's efforts in the field of security?

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