March 1, 2024
Some Dangerous Features Of Android We Do not Know About

Some Dangerous Features Of Android We Do not Know About

Everyone knows what Android is. It is a well-designed operating system that is open source and just keeps getting better and better. It in fact is getting even more secure with newer versions coming in the market. Yet, there is a problem. It has numerous features which put both the smartphone and tablet in danger.

Those features of Android can put the device at risk of a serious infection. Let us now have a good look at those factors which are the dangerous features of Android we should know about:

The accessibility problem

Accessibility is a powerful feature. It is also quite a powerful set of features which was made originally for people with real-time visual impairments. Visually impaired people need to use special apps when they use smartphones and tablets. It helps them read on-screen text aloud and respond to voice commands too. Their actions help convert their actions into taps on UI controls.

For the visually impaired, such a function is useful and essential. However, this very operating mechanism of accessibility is granting an app access to everything going on in other apps too. This violates the principle of strict isolation. The principle itself is Android’s core security feature.

It is also not just the tools for helping the visually impaired that take advantage of the accessibility feature. Mobile antivirus software often uses these tools to keep an eye out for anything out of the ordinary happening in other apps.

Each coin has a flip side. Malicious apps can make requests for permission to access this set of features. This is not a surprise as such kind of access provides an avenue for spyware and bad actors to spy on everything in the phone. What they can do is they can read messages, steal credentials, steal financial data, intercept one-time transaction confirmation codes, and the like.

Even more worrying information is that access to this feature gives cybercriminals the chance to conduct user actions on smartphones like tapping certain buttons and filling out forms. Malware for instance can fill out transfer forms in banking apps and confirm the transaction via a one-time code from a text message all by itself.

Hence when an app is given access to accessibility, users really need to see if they are able to trust the app’s developers. Not all Android apps are secure.

Installing unknown apps

Experts from a DNS DDoS Protection service company in New York City call for the removal of unknown apps on Android. By default, Google’s Play Store has the right to install other programs on Android phones.

Together with Google Play, or apart from it; smartphone developers have been using their own app stores. Huawei’s AppGallery, Infinix’s Palmstore, and Samsung’s Galaxy Store (or Mi Store of Xiaomi, RealMe, and RedMi) have been a cause of concern. Android is no doubt democratic by nature and is open source. It also has no strict limitations on sources of App downloads.

Users can easily allow any app to download and install programs from anywhere on their Android phones. However, it is just as easy to get the smartphone infected with something dangerous this way too. This is why most technology experts do not recommend using such lax features for downloads.

Official stores are officially the safest sources for app downloads. Before an app is published in an official store, they are subject to security checks. If it later transpires that malware has entered the app or the store (or both), the apps are hence subject to security checks. In case the situation worsens, the app is kicked out of the store once it is proven to be dangerous.

Unfortunately, Google Play is also not immune to malware. It often gets a lot more than it can manage. But then again, official stores keep everything in order. Third-party stores and sites cannot keep everything in order. Owners also could not care any less.

One of the most important things to remember here is that if users want to download something and they really want to then the sy should and that too from the official Google Play Store. They should not forget to disable the ability to allow apps to download from sites other than Google Play.

It is also sensible to scan the device for threats and malware. The phone and tablet need to be squeaky clean.

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