Google takes steps to make Android more secure with Android 14

Google’s mobile operating system, Android 14, was released in 2023 as a developer preview in February, and the stable version is anticipated to be available anytime starting in August. In order to safeguard corporate data and communications, Google has unveiled new mobile security capabilities for Android 14. Consumers and businesses will be able to disable 2G functionality on their devices or a fleet of managed devices with Android 14, in addition to unencrypted cellular connectivity capability. A similar feature was introduced with Android 12 as Allow 2G.

On phones that launch with Android 12, there is an option to turn off 2G modems. The second generation of mobile communication, 2G, has had security flaws since they were discovered. Calls and text messages sent over 2G can be intercepted by an attacker in real time because of the inadequate encryption used between the tower and the device. By switching off Allow 2G in Settings (Network & Internet) (SIMs), you may turn off 2G. This sort of security will be enhanced with Android 14, offering corporate users the option to manage devices and restrict a device’s ability to downgrade its connection to 2G, protecting them from assaults.

To protect their managed devices from 2G traffic interception, Person-in-the-Middle attacks, and other 2G-based risks, our clients may set mobile connections in Android 14 in accordance with their risk models by using the 2G security enterprise control. Require encryption will be a new menu item in Android 14. By turning off the 2G radio at all times or making sure staff are safe when visiting certain high-risk areas, IT administrators may set this protection as needed. Activating the feature requires modifying one of the crucial components of the connection between the Android Operating system and underlying hardware, the Hardware Abstraction Layer (HAL).

Because of this, it is currently unknown when the new toggle will actually be made available for end users or if the same will also come to devices already on the market. This new feature is expected to debut with the Pixel 8 and Pixel 8 Pro, extending to all Android devices. Google has stated Stingray attacks as a major reason behind the function. Stingray assaults have been increasing over the last few years, and the new feature comes as a great addition to workplace security.

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