Android 11, the latest mobile operating system offers users more control over their data with improved security and privacy features, even as Android security has always been a hotly debated topic, with Google's futile effort to prevent malicious apps from getting distributed via the Play Store.
Here, we've listed the top 7 Security and Privacy Features in Android 11 that You Need to Know, haven summarized some of the most critical security and privacy updates offered by Android 11.
7 Top Security and Privacy Features in Android 11
Google has done a pretty remarkable job of keeping Android on top of the security issues, which is perhaps the biggest feat in this latest release, by taking significant steps to improve the security and privacy of users on the mobile operating system.
Below are the 7 Top Security and Privacy Features in Android 11.
- Unused app permissions Revoking: The app permissions system in Android 11 has undergone some major improvements, one of which is that when you've granted permissions to apps, and you don't happen to use the app for a certain period of time, like say a few months, the permissions will automatically be revoked and you only have to re-enable manually if still needed.
- One-time app permissions: Also, there is now a temporary app permission, which means that users can now grant certain app permissions on an "Only This Time" basis, or a case-by-case basis.
- App permissions Blocked: Android 11 offers a new security feature that will block any app from requesting permissions when a user denies the app permissions twice. After the denial of permission twice, the app can only get the permissions if the user decides to give it manually for the app to function properly.
- Scoped Storage: Scoped Storage adds a new set of rules regarding how apps are allowed to access storage, and it creates isolated sandboxes for apps, so that it can no longer require additional permissions to write files.
- Availability of critical OS security patches via Play store: Google has increased the Play Store app's integration, allowing it to download and install OS security patches as modules, just like apps are updated directly from Google's servers.
- Restrictions on Unnecessary Background Location Access: If an app requests access to your location, Android 11 will ensure that it first grants only the foreground location, and when it requires access to the location again from the background, the app has to make a new separate permission request.
- Improved GPS privacy: Google has introduced GnssAntennaInfo class with Android 11 to help in securing GPS tracking and associated privacy risks.
Additionally, there is now improvements to the BiometricPrompt API, including Call Screening and secure audio capture from USB device.