Mobile security has been a huge issue for Android, at least if you believe the mainstream media. You’ll often hear about how insecure and dangerous Android is because anyone can post apps on the Play Store and there is no selection process, a la Apple’s App Store. You’ll hear that a lot. However, as many of you already know, it’s very uninformed. Android is quite safe and getting safer all the time.
With each app uploaded to the Play Store being thoroughly scanned, each app installed to your device outside of the Play Store scanned and your entire device being scanned periodically for malicious activity (if you choose to allow it), not much can get by and cause damage. Plus with each Android update, the OS gets safer and more secure. It’s actually a very impressive set of services working together to keep you safe.
However, Google still hasn’t pushed into the enterprise market. Sure, many Android devices are already being used for enterprise, but the experience could definitely be better. So Google has purchased Divide, a company that provides enterprise software that keeps personal and work data separate. It’s similar to Samsung KNOX, if you’ve used it before.
This purchase could mean that Google will get serious about enterprise and integrate Divide in some way into Android, allowing native “container” support to separate data. This would definitely help a lot of people accept Android as being enterprise-safe, especially if it was easy to use. Hopefully it won’t interfere with rooting and modding if Google decides to integrate it.
Would you use a future enterprise security system integrated into Android yourself? Do you actively use an enterprise system right now? Leave a comment with your thoughts!