Android will soon offer protection against weak biometric security

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More and more Android smartphones are equipped with biometric security, such as fingerprint scanners and facial recognition. However, they are not all equally safe, and Google is going to act against that.

Android P requires better security

If you have an Android smartphone with weak biometric security, you will soon have to unlock more often with a PIN code. Google implements this measure from Android P, which will roll out later this summer. If you do not unlock your device for four hours, you cannot unlock it with ‘weak’ security and you must use a pin code. This means, for example, that you always have to unlock after a night’s sleep.

The biometric security methods in which Google regarded as unsafe is yet unknown. However, the company says that it concerns all options that on average are more than 7 per cent fooled. The company refers among other things to unlock with voice recognition, which can be fooled with a voice recording. A fingerprint scanner is what Google considered as safe.

Android P features

The company seems to take action against the proliferation of smartphones with face recognition. After the introduction of Face ID on the iPhone X, more and more Android manufacturers are equipping their smartphone with its own version of it. In many cases, however, it is unsafe. Where Apple uses sensors to make a 3D scan of a face, the selfie cameras of many Android smartphones are already fake with a printed photo.

Before this extra security is standard on most Android phones, we are a few months further. The final version of Android 9.0 is likely to appear in August or September. Then it is up to manufacturers to make the software suitable for their smartphones. It can easily take several months for the new Android to be available for existing devices.

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