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Google outlines the security enhancements in Android 4.2

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Google outlines the security enhancements in Android 4.2
Security is always big news when it comes to Android, although most of the time, the news has to do with some scaremongering about malware on the platform. This time, however, we get to talk about the security enhancements that Google has been implementing in the newest version of the Android system, 4.2 Jelly Bean. We already know that Android 4.2 adds a sideload scanner to protect users against malware, and we have heard about other security enhancements, but today, Google outlined some of the enhancements that help to make Android safer for developers (and root/mod users). 

In the Android Developer Blog, Google talks about new security features in Android 4.2, including a better random number generator, more secure ways for apps to use Javascript, and changes the default way that access is granted to content providers, preventing the chance for unauthorized access. The blog also talks about a new tweak to USB debugging in Android 4.2.2, which will not only be good for developers but root users and modders too. 

In Android 4.2.2, Google has added a new option to USB debugging which effectively allows a user to lock USB debugging mode except when connected to a specific PC. This is helpful for root users, because a few root apps require USB debugging to be turned on, like Titanium Backup, but secure USB debugging would limit access to your device to only authorized computers. 

Not a bad set of features. Now the update just needs to get out to more than just Nexus devices. 

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posted on 14 Feb 2013, 23:13 4

1. Mxyzptlk (unregistered)

Google taking security enhancements on Android is a good thing but they really need to address the issue regarding users' private information being made to developers anytime they purchase an app off the Play Store. That's something that should be super secure from the start.

I'm not entirely convinced Google has done enough to protect users' private data. They are way too lax in regards to it and I think that's something that should have been brought to their attention during their investigation with the FTC.

posted on 14 Feb 2013, 23:27 19

2. jroc74 (Posts: 6019; Member since: 30 Dec 2010)

What online sites do you buy from or ever bought from?

What purchases have you made on a game console, like from Xbox Live and PSN?

Ever you used your credit card or bank card in a store?

Ever had a merchant account? Ever bought or sold anything on Ebay or with Paypal?

Didnt one guy say all he had in his Google Wallet address info was a zipcode? What does that mean? Settings...get to know them.

Absolutely a non story....but thanks for playing.

Now....about the actual article we are posting in......

As for the actual article ...

"changes the default way that access is granted to content providers, preventing the chance for unauthorized access."


posted on 14 Feb 2013, 23:48 11

4. SamsungFan (Posts: 201; Member since: 16 Apr 2012)

Here is just an apple fanboy ....

posted on 14 Feb 2013, 23:29 11

3. erod434 (Posts: 6; Member since: 01 Oct 2012)

What are you talking about? One of the beauties of android is that when you download an app, it shows you everything that the app has access too. So the user will be able to see what is at risk and choose to download an app or not. So if a developer get's one's private information it is one's own fault as they granted the developer those permissions. Therefore, there is no issue regarding user's private information.

posted on 15 Feb 2013, 00:24 5

6. 14545 (Posts: 1676; Member since: 22 Nov 2011)

Yes, I am certain apple doesn't do the same thing. :rolleseyes:

Not like we would ever know given that apple is the fort knox of the tech world. Please just stop posting in every non apple article since you only like the stupid cr@pples. I get that apple pays your salary, but that doesn't me that anyone that owns an android phones gives two sh!ts less what you have to say.

posted on 15 Feb 2013, 02:39 4

10. JonBjSig (Posts: 176; Member since: 17 Nov 2011)

This kind of information isn't private anymore, what developers get is nothing more than what you can get just by going though a person's Facebook or Google Plus profile.
To prove my point I just went on Google Plus, found someone I've never heard of before and found out their full name, home address and email in about 30 seconds, just what the devs get.
The data the developers get is not private, sensitive or even hard to get.
Calm your tits.

posted on 15 Feb 2013, 06:06 3

14. jroc74 (Posts: 6019; Member since: 30 Dec 2010)

Exactly. I guess now Google + and Facebook need to step up their privacy handling?

No.....users need to go and edit their info in the Settings. Just like the personalized ads in GMail. You can opt out and do some other things....if you visit the Settings areas.

And just like with the GMail Scroogled campaign....hotmail AND outlook,dom also has personalized ads....that can also be opted out of.

All this is called FUD, and BS.

posted on 15 Feb 2013, 03:44 3

11. boosook (Posts: 1442; Member since: 19 Nov 2012)

FUD, just FUD and we're a bit bored. Microsoft is paying good money, that's obviously part of the Scroogled campaign because we are seeing more and more posts in the forums bashing Android from people that we don't know who they are and why they are on every Android thread only to bash it.
And now the truth: when you downolad an app from the Play Store, you KNOW what permissions it will have. You can decide if you trust the developer or you can look for another app with less permissions.
Do you think that iOS and WP do not use the same permissions of Android? If Skype, Whatsapp or Facebook, for example, must access your contact list to synchronize contacts, they will do this on Android, iOS and WP. They will gather the same information. BUT, on Android, they are forced to tell you what they will do. On other platforms you can download an app like iBeer, iSomething, iUseless that is supposed to be, say, a simple animated background or gadget without knowing what it will do, while on Android you can say: hey, this is just an app displaying a glass of beer, why does it claim the permission to access my accounts? And skip it.
Now, which platform do you think is more secure?

posted on 15 Feb 2013, 05:20 4

12. rusticguy (Posts: 2828; Member since: 11 Aug 2012)

Hi Apple BOT :)

posted on 16 Feb 2013, 10:25

20. jroc74 (Posts: 6019; Member since: 30 Dec 2010)

I forgot to mention...I get the exact same info about the developer...sometimes with a real name.

posted on 14 Feb 2013, 23:55 2

5. gallitoking (Posts: 4721; Member since: 17 May 2011)

Dont know how will.they will be open and keep.it secure... android u cant have both amorsito

posted on 15 Feb 2013, 00:30 14

7. MichaelHeller (Posts: 2720; Member since: 26 May 2011)

Actually, Android can have it both ways, because open source is often far more secure than other systems, because the open source community gives back and helps fix the holes they find, rather than just exploiting them.

posted on 15 Feb 2013, 01:12 1

8. gallitoking (Posts: 4721; Member since: 17 May 2011)

If Android being open source is so secure than why are we reading about it being address in 4.1

posted on 15 Feb 2013, 01:56 8

9. joey_sfb (Posts: 6613; Member since: 29 Mar 2012)

Let me know when you have discover a full proof OS with zero chance of bugs. Open platform support standards and a white box approach. Apple take a open source code and close it but slow bug fix on the mac os and iOS is more evident there.

I don't you would be able to view this in an unbiased manner.

posted on 15 Feb 2013, 05:22 4

13. rusticguy (Posts: 2828; Member since: 11 Aug 2012)

And IOS is still addressing security issues in 6.1.X ... even the latest release can be HOSED ... c'mon security by Obscurity is M$ FUD :)

posted on 15 Feb 2013, 06:47 4

15. Berzerk000 (Posts: 4275; Member since: 26 Jun 2011)

These are security *enhancements* not security *fixes*, there's a difference. Android was already plenty secure, Google is just enhancing it so people would be quiet about it; like Project Butter, Android was plenty smooth since ICS, they just made Project Butter to keep people from saying it wasn't.

posted on 15 Feb 2013, 09:01

16. networkdood (Posts: 6330; Member since: 31 Mar 2010)

G-king and mxy...stop pretending that you care about security...

posted on 15 Feb 2013, 09:10 1

17. gallitoking (Posts: 4721; Member since: 17 May 2011)

Fandroids stop pretending there isn't a security issue... Don't worry in 2015 40%of running Androids will be in 4.2.... The bad part is that Google will introduce Android 8.1 Twinkie

posted on 15 Feb 2013, 10:33 1

18. MorePhonesThanNeeded (Posts: 645; Member since: 23 Oct 2011)

Dude shut up! You and this other apple asphyxiated nut should just quit while you are ahead. You just jump into articles with bs complaints and have zero credibility. Apple iOS is a closed garden and still has security issues since it's inception, do you have a rebuttal for that? Probably just going to throw more dirty at Android since that is all your kind is capable of.
How many iPhones are running the newest iOS? Can't say 100% because there are many people still chugging along on their 3GS's which can't update to the newest OS, go bury your face in a book and learn something somewhere. Android doesn't come in one flavor because it covers a broad spectrum of phone types unlike Apple. You and the other guy are such pretenders, only pretending to be concerned about security of Android because you are realizing that iOS is fast running out of abilities that it has that Android doesn't. I smell sour grapes, since you know your iOS devices just revolutionized panoramic camera and noise cancelling mics...rolls eyes.

posted on 15 Feb 2013, 10:50 4

19. Aeires (unregistered)


iFans, stop acting like iOS is secure and bullet proof.

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