Many don’t know that any app they have installed on their Android phone can monitor the network activities without asking for any sensitive permission.
Although they can’t see the content of the network traffic, they can easily find to which server you are connecting to, without asking for your permission. This kind of practice is very threatful because knowing what apps you often use; a malicious app can abuse this information in various ways to breach your privacy.
But there is good news it seems Google has planned to fix this severe privacy issue in their new Android P mobile operating system.
Companies and individual people must take certain precautions against this growing phenomenon of breaking user’s privacy; they should implement at least a cybersecurity solution, like an antivirus, to protect their systems. Necessary things like regularly updating operating systems, using antivirus for Windows, an antivirus for Mac, or antivirus for Android, depending on which OS your device is using. Companies must also hire professional cybersecurity firms to do regular checkups to their internal network a couple of times per year. These checkups must always include a penetration test and various ethical hacking test.
In Android P, apps will no longer be able to detect when other apps on your Android device are connecting to the Internet. These new changes are applied to the SELinux rules of Android P to restrict apps from accessing some network information.
The SELinux changes will enable only handpicked VPN apps to access some of the network information, while the operating system will audit other Android apps looking to obtain this information.
But the privacy issue is not entirely fixed yet because SELinux changes are only implemented for apps using API level 28 running on Android P—which means that apps working with API levels before 28 will continue to have access to the device’ network activities until 2019.
If you know what you are doing, you may want to pot for custom ROMs for Android, such as CopperheadOS, because this ROMs have already implemented these changes years ago, offering better privacy to their users.
This new change introduced to the Android operating system may seem to be very small, and probably most of the users will hardly notice it, but we tell you the implications for user privacy will be massive when Android P is out.
Keep in mind that every phone represents a network entry point or a valuable data bank that must be protected by at least cybersecurity solution like an antivirus. Depending on which OS your device is running, install an antivirus for Windows, an antivirus for Mac, or antivirus for Android for total protection. Companies must take an extra step and hire a professional cybersecurity firm that will run various cybersecurity tests on your company’s network to implement only the best possible cybersecurity solution. Always opt for a package that includes at least a penetration test and ethical hacking test. For companies that exist 100% online, we recommend the using of cyber-secured web hosting services.