Oct 28 AT 12:01 PM Sean Riley 7 Comments

Android 5.0 Lollipop is “the biggest (security) update for Android to date”


The Android team took to their blog today to highlight new security features found in Android 5.0 Lollipop and as the headline says to tout the leaps and bounds taken with security in Lollipop.

Keep it on lock down

Their first recommendation, and one that we heartily agree with, is that everyone should be using some kind of screen lock. You have more options than ever to get this done in Lollipop with the option to unlock based on a Bluetooth pairing, NFC or the now somewhat classic face unlock. They are also quick to point out that more rich notifications are available from the lock screen now which means you won’t be unlocking your phone as often anyway.

Device encryption

From the moment that you turn on a device running Lollipop, it generates a unique key offering full device encryption. This isn’t actually a new feature, but one worth remembering as Android is subject to ever more criticism for its security versus the competition.

Safest sandbox around

Security Enhanced Linux (SELinux) was first introduced last year, but the implementation has been stepped up with Lollipop and SELinux Enforcing mode is now required for all applications going forward. This keeps Android open as an option for enterprise customers that are understandably prickly about having strong security on their devices. The team is also quick to point out that this feature was thanks to the security communities contributions and supports the notion that an open platform can in fact help to keep your data secure.

Guest mode

You can trust your friends and family with your phone, right? Yeah, I’m not so sure on that one either and that is why they implemented “guest users mode” in Lollipop. This allows you to create separate user accounts so that you can hand your phone or tablet over without fear that they will go digging through your digital life.

These are just some of the examples of how Android keeps upping the ante on security with every update to stay one step ahead of the competition.

Source: Android Official Blog

Sean has been with Android and Me for over 8 years and covering mobile for the last 9. He occasionally muses about gadgets and tech outside of the Android universe at Techgasms.

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  • Dirty Budha

    Once the carriers get hold of 5.0 and add the bloat and crap to it it’ll be less secure.
    I’m being facetious but there is a hint of truth in it.

  • MitchRapp81

    I already use Face Unlock, but my wish is to have it revert to “swipe to unlock” when it detects the presence of my home WIFI… i’m home, cmon…..

    • hp420


      • Tangent

        I have Tasker profiles that disable my PIN lock whenever it’s connected to my home WiFi, my or my wife’s car’s Bluetooth, or if I’m running PodKicker. (I use PodKicker with an aux cable in a company car on longer drives) It then re-enables the PIN lock when it doesn’t detect any of those conditions. I didn’t look into it, but I’m betting you can select Face Unlock as well…

    • thel0nerang3r

      There isn’t a simple way around it, I wish it was baked in. However, it does have trusted blutooth unlock. So, you could get a cheap tag that you keep with you, that would unlock the device.

  • BigEbola by Burger King

    Hurry up google.

    Walking Dead: ‘At the end of the day – a man’s gotta eat!’ **bites in crispy black foot**

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