Google launches new anti-theft features for Android phones


(MENAFN) While our phones simplify our lives, they also hold a wealth of valuable information, making them attractive targets for individuals seeking access to our data. To enhance the security of your device and data before, during, and after a theft attempt, google is launching a new set of advanced anti-theft features.

These features will be distributed through updates to Google Play Services later this year, starting in July, and will reach billions of devices running Android 10 or higher.

One common goal for some criminals is to quickly reset a stolen device for resale. However, Google has implemented measures to prevent this by requiring Google account credentials to reset the device, making it unsellable and thereby reducing the incentive for theft.

While some thieves are only after the device itself, many aim to extract valuable data or transfer money from the phone, which can be more lucrative than the device. To counter this, Google has introduced Private Space, a feature that allows you to create a hidden, lockable area on your phone with a separate PIN. This offers additional security for apps containing sensitive information, such as health or financial data.

In the event that a thief learns your primary PIN, the enhanced authentication will activate, requiring biometric verification, such as a fingerprint, to access your Google account and important device settings. This includes changing your PIN or disabling anti-theft protection, thereby providing an extra layer of security.

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