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Android 10 Released : Everything You Wanted To Know About Latest Privacy & Security Updates

Android 10 Released : Everything You Wanted To Know About Latest Privacy & Security Updates

Android 10, the latest version of Google's operating system (OS), is now available. It will include a range of privacy & security improvements that should keep Android users a little safer.

Privacy & Security is a central focus of Android 10. So, Android 10 introduces major changes to protect users' privacy & security. These changes extend the transparency and give users control, with improved system UI, stricter permissions, Platform hardening, advanced encryption and restrictions on what data apps can use.

Android 10 also includes dark theme, live caption, Smart Reply, Gesture Navigation types of feature but in this post, I will be only talking about the latest Privacy & Security updates.

First of all, I am going to talk about the latest Privacy Updates included in Android 10. So, Let's begin.

Privacy Updates:-

1. Giving users more control over location data

One major privacy feature coming in Android 10 is the ability to control how apps access your location. So, Now users have more control over their location data through a new permission option. They can now allow an app to access location only while the app is actually in use (running in the foreground). The app will also have to ask directly if it needs background location access. Android 10 will also remind you that an app you do not use is accessing your location so you can stop it if you wish.

For most apps, this provides a sufficient level of access, while for users it's a big improvement in transparency and control.

Android 10 Released : Everything You Wanted To Know About Latest Privacy & Security Updates

2. Protecting location data in network scans

Most of the APIs for scanning networks already required rough location permission. Android 10 increases the protection around those APIs by requiring must location permission instead.

3. Preventing device tracking

With Android 10, apps can no longer access sensitive device information that could be used for tracking such as device IMEI and serial number. The device's MAC address is also randomized when connected to Wi-Fi networks by default.

4. Securing user data in external storage

Android 10 introduces a variety of changes to give users more control over files in external storage and the app data within them. Apps on a device can store their own files in their private sandboxes but must use MediaStore to access shared media files and use the system file picker to access shared files in the new Downloads collection. It means an app can't access other folders stored in your SD card. 

5. Blocking unwanted interruptions

Android 10 prevents app launches from the background state that unexpectedly jump into the foreground and take over focus form another app.

6. Comes with a new privacy section under the settings menu

This one is a more general update, but certainly, one worth knowing about. Google Android 10 is offering a new Privacy section under the Setting menu to give you more control and visibility about how your data is being used.

This will include controls such as Web And App Activity Setting, so you can go through easily and ensure you are comfortable with what you have enabled.

Android 10 Released : Everything You Wanted To Know About Latest Privacy & Security Updates

So, These are the latest Privacy updates included in Android 10.

Now, I am going to talk about the latest Security Updates included in Android 10. So, Let's begin.

Security Updates:-

1. Storage encryption

All compatible devices launching with Android 10 are required to encrypt user data, and to make this more efficient on the device using Google's new Adiantum encryption method. It'll ensure that hackers can't read into your devices.


Android 10 Released : Everything You Wanted To Know About Latest Privacy & Security Updates

2. TLS 1.3 by default

Android 1o enables TLS 1.3 by default, a major revision to the TLS standard with performance benefits and enhanced security. It is also 40% faster than TLS 1.2 due to an entire round trip being shaved off from the connection establishment handshake.


Android 10 Released : Everything You Wanted To Know About Latest Privacy & Security Updates

3. Platform hardening

Android 10 includes hardening for several security-critical areas of the platform and updates to the Biometric API with robust and secure support for face and fingerprint in both implicit and explicit authentication. Explicit authentication requires that the user authentication in some way before proceeding, while implicit does not need any more user interaction.


Android 10 Released : Everything You Wanted To Know About Latest Privacy & Security Updates

So, These are the latest Security Updates included in Android 10.

Android 10 is here and hopefully, the Privacy & Security updates that come with it will make a big difference to frustrated Android users. Probably the biggest benefit Android 10 gives you more control, and that's certainly something that has so far been missing.

Privacy & Security enhancements are always a work in progress. These latest improvements to Android 10 won't be the last, but they show that Google is listening to cybersecurity researchers and responding.

I hope you find useful information in this article. If you have any questions then please mention in the comments section and I will get back to you and stay tuned with my blog to learn interesting things related to cybersecurity and hacking.  

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