Samsung pulls the plug on My Knox, suggests switch to Secure Folders



In 2014, Samsung introduced My Knox to its handsets. This was a security platform that separated a user's work apps from his/her personal apps, and kept them secure. The Knox "sandbox" allowed users to use the same phone for work and play without having to worry about work data getting stolen or mixed up with personal apps and content. But today, Samsung sent out an email to customers announcing that My Knox is being discontinued and will no longer be available on new Samsung handsets this year. Those using My Knox will be able to keep using it until the end-of-service date, which has not yet been announced. However, Sammy will no longer support the feature.

Now don't think for a second that the world's leading smartphone provider would leave its customers high and dry. Samsung suggested in its email that Knox users switch to the newer Secure Folder app available from the Galaxy Apps store. The app requires your Galaxy handset to be running Android Nougat, and creates an encrypted, private space on your phone where private information can be securely stored.

To move over information from My Knox to Secure Folder, open the settings in My Knox and tap on Backup and restore. You then need to import the data into Secure Folder by going into the app's settings, click on Backup and restore, and then on Restore.

As for My Knox, once the end-of-service date comes, this is one sandbox that Samsung users won't be playing in anymore.

source: AndroidAuthority

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10 Comments

1. JocularJ

Posts: 213; Member since: Apr 27, 2011

Got the email a few days ago. At least Samsung is giving users an alternative

2. audibot

Posts: 577; Member since: Jan 26, 2017

I LIKE SECURE FOLDER BUT MAJOR PROBLEM IS EVERYTHING HAS TO BE ON THE PHONES INTERNAL CANT BE ON SD CARD AND SINCE THE PHONES ONLY 64GB MY 256GB CARD IS POINTLESS

3. iushnt

Posts: 3035; Member since: Feb 06, 2013

Do you have to keep everything in Secure folder?

4. drunkenjay

Posts: 1616; Member since: Feb 11, 2013

is your caps button broken? why is everything in caps?

9. Soundjudgment

Posts: 370; Member since: Oct 10, 2016

** Disregard this comment. The Comments Editor on Phone Arena blows chunks.

10. 47AlphaTango

Posts: 709; Member since: Sep 27, 2015

I was talking to the number 2 spot. thou

5. Klinton

Posts: 1408; Member since: Oct 24, 2016

Of course it MUST be on the phone's internal. Otherwise it's not secure.

7. 47AlphaTango

Posts: 709; Member since: Sep 27, 2015

Which is the reason why you should buy a smartphone with bigger internal storage space. Just because it supports miroSD doesn't mean better storage space for apps and files. If the SD card gets corrupted. Then its bye bye for your files. And a real goodbye for your app save files.

6. SaRPeR

Posts: 136; Member since: Mar 02, 2017

Secure Folder does not require Android Nougat. My phone is running Marshmallow and it has Secure Folder.

8. Blazers

Posts: 697; Member since: Dec 05, 2011

Not available for the Note 5.

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