We are living in the mobile age, where almost all data that used to be stored on computers is now on mobile phones.
Our mobile phones nowadays carry very important files, photos, videos, which, by any means, you are ready to protect as securely as possible.
In this guide, I am going to walk you through one of the most secure Android phone in 2018. Let’s look at what makes this mobile phone outstanding.
Google Pixel 3
If you are looking for a smartphone that ensures your privacy and security, then, Google Pixel 3 has you covered. There are several reasons why the Pixel 3 standout of all the Android phones on the market. Why Pixel 3 out of all Android phones?
Here is the deal
Launched in October 2018 by Google, the search giant claimed that the new flagship is one of the most secure phones you can find at this age, thanks to a new Chip, the Titan M
In recent years, we have seen Google increasing its investment on the security of the Android OS, to make sure users rest assured, privacy and data is well protected.
How does the Titan M chip actually works?
- Ensure security in the bootloader
This Titan M feature is for protecting the device from attackers, the Titan M is integrated into the verified boot, a more secure boot process.
Bootloader, a program that loads the device when you switch it on is usually the weakest point and is still, in other Android devices, the bad actors can take advantage of and attack your device. Malicious attackers can downgrade your Android version during boot, by installing an old OS in order to attack your device.
This is where the Titan M chip come into play, it makes you (not malware), run the correct OS. So the Titan M chip handles everything, it stores the last correct version of Android to boot your device thereby making it really hard for attackers to move your Android OS to an older version without you knowing it.
The Titan M chip adds a layer of security that makes it impossible for bad actors to unlock your bootloaders.
- Screen Protection and Disk encryption on-device
The Titan M chip secure the Google Pixel 3 data and privacy invasion by making the idea of guessing a number of password codes into your screen difficult. The number of times you can guess device passcode (login attempts) is limited
This makes it very difficult for bad actors to intrude the Google Pixel 3.
The Titan M chip can only decrypt the passcode upon verification of your password.
In some Android devices, you can enter passcode attempts as many times as you like, and Google has noted that as a security weakness because the more chances you give the bad actors to guess your password multiple times, the more likely they will succeed. Thanks to the Titan M chip, the issue is now a thing of the past in Pixel 3.
This feature is built on Titan M chip to prevent tampering. Insider Attack Resistance makes it difficult to update Titan M chip firmware unless you have correctly entered your password.
This is a very important feature on the Titan M chip as it makes sure no attackers steal their way into your device and without you knowing, and update the firmware to a malicious one.
- Third-party Apps transaction security
The mobile age has seen an unprecedented increase in the online mobile transaction. Thanks to the Titan M chip for providing security not only on your mobile device but also on third-party Applications to ensure secure sensitive transactions.
It is now possible, with Android 9, for Apps to generate their private key and store it on Titan M chip, by exploiting StrongBox KeyStore APIs
It is very interesting to note that Titan M also allow Android 9 protected confirmation, for those Apps that rely on user interaction confirmation.
Protected confirmation, is an API responsible for protecting sensitive transactions done on third-party Apps. The advent of mobile technology has resulted in the emerging of more process and online transactions completed on mobile phones, eg p2p money transfers, and e-voting.
In such instances, the API makes sure, the transactions are confirmed by the user and not malware.
All the above features that come with the Titan M chip, makes the Google Pixel 3 the best secure smartphone in 2018.
Regular OS updates are very crucial for the security of any mobile device and if you are fond of privacy and security, then you have to make sure you own a phone which receives regular OS updates and Google Pixel 3 is one of them and it comes with Android 9 which also contributes to its high-security performance.
October Android OS distribution is out and it is very unfortunate to note that Android Pie is missing, this means the latest Android version is installed in less than 1% of Android phone on the market.
Pixel, being a Google phone, is guaranteed of receiving timely updates before many Android phones. Firmware Updates cannot be ignored as they come with improved security and new features.
But there is still a hidden secret here
There are considerable security improvements on the Pixel 3, but the overall security platform remains untouched here.
Android, being an Open Source system, mean Android developers can easily create content and Apps and add them to the Play Store and this has greatly led to malicious Apps gaining entry into the Play Store without thorough screening.
Some of these Apps contains malware that can steal users’ data, therefore Google must put restrictive measures to ensure all Apps on Google Play Store enter thorough screening.
The requirement by Google that users’ data be stored in Google servers instead of the device, for the mere reason of using the data for targeted Ads, remains questionable.
If Google is really serious about Android security, it must therefore not store Android users’ data on their servers, we must see a reduction in Ads on our mobile screens.
Besides that, Pixel 3 has everything you could expect from a flashy flagship, the best camera, outstanding security features, zippy processor, makes it an excellent value for your money.
What do you think of the Pixel 3 security? We would like to hear your opinion in the comment box below. If you have any question, don’t hesitate to ask any question, feel free to reach me out and I will be more than happy to help.