IT security issues are one of the biggest knocks for Android, which make IT admins weary and this make Android not secure enough for enterprise use. But now the situation is getting better. There are several Android security issues still exist, especially when it comes to app security, the ability to protect data on lost or stolen devices and centralized management. These are all legitimate reasons to think twice before deploying Android devices into the corporate environment. Android developers have made improvements in Android 3.0 Honeycomb and Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich, and have started to address these risks.
Security risks because of apps
Being a free-code platform, it’s very easy for manufacturers and coders to manufacture Android based devices. Even developers are reaping more benefits because of the lack of control over apps. Probably it’s the most serious of the Android security issues every size and type of enterprises are facing today. Unlike Android, Apple has a strict app-approval approach and process which does not allow unapproved and malicious apps to be installed and run on its devices. Whereas Android users are free to install any third-party software application developed by anyone.
Although the Android Market tries to give some level of control over the apps available to its users, but there are other apps developed by different users (some of them can be potentially harmful) are available on developers’ websites or in alternative app stores. In an effort to make the user more secure, most of the Android based devices notify you about what data and features the app wants to access and asks you to verify the action by clicking on OK button before installation.
In most cases, only this action can’t make you secure, however, these warning messages can be a bit helpful. Often users are befooled by the app like if a user installs an app and it says that it’ll make it easy to communicate with others, the user press OK button as a reaction. It might be useful if Android devices send an alert message before any issue encounter. Unfortunately, there is no such functionality provided by Android. But for the time being, anti-virus applications are good options which are capable of providing some security against the risk of various applications.
Security issues around management
In previous versions of Android, have no native capabilities to monitor and disable a lost or stolen device remotely. But some apps have been developed to tackle these security risks and they have similar features like Android 3.0 and 3.1 have.
Android developers are trying hard to keep their platform more secure in the most challenging environments and Android 3.0 allows its users to encrypt the contents of the device they own. This entire encryption procedure takes about or more than an hour, after that by entering a password, you can access content on the device. Plus, Android 3.1 grants administrators the ability to monitor and lock down devices remotely.
There is another reason that contributes to the security issues, i.e. lack of centralized management utilities. It would be helpful if a corporate IT administrator could provide some security or adopt some security policies to manage Android devices, specifically to make sure that users install only trusted apps. There are a lot of third-party vendors who provides multiple types of applications which may be risky, but at the moment to minimize and avoid such risks no proven, integrated management tools exist.
But after they are informed about that, vendors are trying to develop such products as they also understand that Android security issues, especially with earlier versions of the OS, have been a serious problem to Android enterprise adoption. Now, because of the features such as remote management and disk encryption become part of Android, and because of third-party vendors develop better management tools, the situation getting better, but Android app security is still a major problem.
Jessica is an expert tech writer and work for computer repair service provider company, who writes about technicalities involved with the system’s hardware as well as software and always discuss about latest tips and tricks about virus removal and data recovery services. In this article she discuss about android IT security issues.