Android 7.1 Panic mode protects users from malicious apps

Android logoWhile Google continues to improve the security of its Android platform its still far too common for lapses to occur. One of the biggest mistakes that people make is installing apps from unverified sources. Since its not at all difficult to sideload an app on an Android device, this is whats most often the cause of much grief to many Android users. In a bid to protect users from malicious apps, Google has built a panic mode functionality into Android 7.1.

Users dont generally read the fine print when theyre installing an app. Most of them dont even look at the sort of permissions the app is asking for before they decided to install it on their device.

It often happens that users are left with no way out when theyve mistakenly installed a malicious app. They reach so far along the installation process that the app basically hijacks the screen and prevents them from exiting the install process no matter which button they press.

Google has built a security feature into Android 7.1 which will be included in all subsequent versions of the platform as well. It detects repeated presses of the back button to force the device back to the home screen. The panic detection automatically triggers when the back button is pressed four times in rapid succession.

Users can then uninstall the malicious app before it does any more damage. Its a hidden security feature thats definitely going to save a lot of users from a lot of grief.

Source: Ubergizmo

Tags: Android 7, OSes

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