Android Q Brings New Privacy and Security Features

SecurityWeek | March 18, 2019

Released in Beta 1 last week, the latest Android iteration (Android Q) arrived with new privacy protection improvements and other security enhancements.  Building on previously introduced features such as file-based encryption, lockdown mode, encrypted backups, Google Play Protect, and more, Android Q brings more control over location access, improved transparency, and better data security (many of the enhancements are part of Google’s Project Strobe). In Android Q, for example, apps still need to ask for permission to get location, but users can set different permission levels, such as never, only when the app is in use (running), or all the time (when in the background). “To maintain a good user experience, design your app to gracefully handle when your app doesn't have background location permission or when it doesn't have any access to location,” Google tells application developers. Because users are more likely to grant permissions to an app if they clearly understand the reason for which the app needs them, developers are advised to ask for the location permission from users in context, such as when a feature that requires location is enabled. Developers are also advised to only ask for the level of access required for that feature. The upcoming platform release also provides users with more control over access to shared files, such as photos, videos, and audio collections, via new runtime permissions. Apps will need to use the system file picker for downloads, which allows users to decide which Download files the app can access. Android Q will also prevent apps from launching an Activity while in the background, thus preventing them from coming into focus and taking over the screen. Developers will be able to use high-priority notifications and provide a full-screen intent if their app needs to get the user’s attention quickly.

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The Wide-Area Network has evolved from a data and communications pipeline into a strategic enterprise technology. A number of business and technological factors are driving this significant shift. The enterprise WAN once was little more than an expensive and necessary connection between a branch and headquarters for the applications that the enterprise developed and managed in-house. “It used to be that every application was developed in-house and delivered to end users within the enterprise over an MPLS connection, explains Karl Brown, Senior Director of Product Marketing for Citrix.

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The Wide-Area Network has evolved from a data and communications pipeline into a strategic enterprise technology. A number of business and technological factors are driving this significant shift. The enterprise WAN once was little more than an expensive and necessary connection between a branch and headquarters for the applications that the enterprise developed and managed in-house. “It used to be that every application was developed in-house and delivered to end users within the enterprise over an MPLS connection, explains Karl Brown, Senior Director of Product Marketing for Citrix.

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