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Android 5.0 Lollipop Top Security Tips and Tricks for All Users

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Android 5.0 Lollipop was released towards the end of the last year and the same is also expected to happen towards the end of this year when Google launches the new Android M.

However, most users of this new Lollipop OS have always been looking at the beauty side of this OS, leaving behind some of the most important aspect – security. This operating system offers more than you think, when it comes to security matters. Whether it’s sandboxing or intruder detection, device recognition or on-body detection, Android 5.0 Lollipop is the ultimate OS.

Rather than keep yapping, here’s a better look at what this Android Lollipop OS has in store for you in terms of security and how it helps make your Android phone or tablet better.

Smart lock security

One very simple security measure that many Android users ignore is locking of their screens. However, this problem has been taken care of in the Android Lollipop thanks to the inclusion of smart lock security system. It is possible to pair your device with a compatible NFC or Bluetooth device such that the phone doesn’t lock when paired with another device, say an Android Wear.

The new OS also comes in with a new feature known as Trusted Face which disqualifies any unknown face from unlocking the phone. In addition, you can use the Trusted Places feature to set the sections of your phone that you want to access without being asked for a passcode, for instance, office or home.

Another smart lock security feature on the Android 5.0 Lollipop is the on-body detection which works in a way that whenever you have body contact with your phone, it will not lock itself. This also works even if your phone is in your pocket, purse or in your hand. There is no need of unlocking the phone every time you hit the power button, unless you set it down. To use this feature, you must be using at least Google Play Services 7.0.97.

Using device encryption

Android 5.0 Lollipop is equipped with two very essential security features; however, they are hidden from the normal user of this OS. Device encryption is no longer optional as it now comes as a default setting such that your data remains protected throughout.

Furthermore, there is another mandatory mode known as SELinux Enforcing Mode. This feature was first seen in the Android KitKat devices and what it does is prevent the apps and devices from meddling with the system parts or files. Making this option a mandatory setting makes everything about this new Lollipop OS less exposed to any dangers.

Auto updates and kill switch

Google has been trying all its best to move all of its essential updates from the main Android package to the Play Store. In this way, it is easier to update any component directly from the store, rather than have to roll out a new Android version. This is the same story with the Android 5.0 Lollipop and this time it’s the Web View aspect that has been moved to the Play Store Services. Another addition to this platform is the kill switch which comes in the form of Factory Reset Protection. With this tool, the users must provide their Google ID and a password in order to carry out a factory reset of their phones. This makes everything very difficult, especially for a stolen device. However, you must activate this feature for it to work. The Android Device Manager may also be very helpful when locating, resetting or even erasing your device when you lose it.