The most secure Android phone in 2018, secret revealed.

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.

Timely Updates

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.

Google Pixel 3

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14 Replies to “The most secure Android phone in 2018, secret revealed.”

  1. Current society like to use a mobile phone in all walks of life because it handy to carry. Everyone likes to have a smart phone with best of features and most importantly having enough security layer to protect themselves from malicious attackers.

    Google Pixel 3 released on October 2018 has met most of customers expectations with respect to the safety and security aspect in its built .  This review is about this. The use of Titan M chip decorated Android device with several distinguished features. Some of them are:

    1. Titan M chip is integrated with the verified secured boot system provides security against attackers

    2. By instituting a BootLoader program it takes over a weak point of Android device. The possibility for attackers do downgrade during booting is eliminated.

    3. Titan M chip secures Google Pxel 3 data and makes it stronger with respect to Password guessing.

    4. Built in security to do sensitive transactions  etc.

    It would really be nice if the data from personal phone is saved on the phone rather than Google having it and using for Ad. 

    I enjoyed the content and learnt quite a bit and got to know this update. Thank you for sharing this helpful content.

    1. You are welcome, just hope Google will do something and stop saving user data on their servers but on devices, that will be a great move. Don’t think that is going to happen any time soon though. 

  2. Lady Esther says:

    Hi,

    Thank you for is great information on the android Google New phone. I currently use an iPhone and did

    Use a Samsung phone so time ago. I found that it had to many icon and items on the screen, but reliable.

    I wonder now if the  iPhone has similar features as the Google phone? I now that Google is the owner 

    of Android Operating system.

     Great information which make me think maybe I should change my phone,

    My plan will be up this month…hum something to really think about.

    Thank you for the review and information, very best.

  3. Hi,

    I am wondering about the other features of this smart-phone.

    You have talked a great deal about the security enhancements which is great, but can you say a little about performance and features?

    I am currently an iphone user, but have been considering switching to Android, so would be very interested in any addition information you can share on this prticular model.

    Thank you very much in advance

    1. You are welcome, I will be reviewing it in my next article, so make sure you bookmark this website for more

  4. Chrissie Spurgeon says:

    I found your post about the Pixel 3 really interesting, online security is so important, as you say.

    I have never really used an Android phone as I love iPhones, but I would be really interested to know how the phone which you recommend compares with the iPhone X. I know that Apple is very hot on security too.

    But I will certainly check out the Pixel 3.

    Thank you so much for the info

    Chrissie 🙂

  5. Believe it or not, I haven’t owned a mobile phone for the last 2 years and I haven’t missed it one bit but my wife and children have been nagging me to get one so here I am on your post looking to see what this secret revealed was and why this android phone was so secure.

    I have always used android myself so it was a no-brainer to go for another as I know how they work, or at least I used to, lol.

    The Pixel 3 looks like it will have all the technology that anyone really needs from a phone but I am a bit dubious about getting one as you mention that android can easily be corrupted by 3rd party apps etc but if you say this Titan M Chip can counter attack all those malware attacks then why aren’t all phones using it?

    1. It’s very true, using the Titan M chip was really a great move by Google, just hope other OEMs will copy from Google, its the first phone manufacturer company to use it.

  6. This was a post that caution my eye mostly because I my mom has a pixel 2 I think but she will get the pixel3 on her upgrade. To be honest I have always wanted. Pixel ever since my mom got the first pixel phone they looks nice.

    I actually miss Android I broke my last one and had to get a quick replacement which is a iPhone se which to be honest I don’t see the hype in apple phones I really don’t. 

    Are you a fan of the iPhone or apple products? 

    The features in the pixel3 seem really good plus the security feature are crazy good. Me personally I am huge on security.so my next investment will be the pixel3 

    I appreciate the information this was a really good read I hope all is well

    1. I love both Android phone and iPhone, but I have been an Android user for quite a long time though. Glad you found value in the article.

    2. I am a very big fan of Android, I love the versatility and the open source system  allows me easy customization but most importantly, not forgetting my security

  7. I guess I’m confused about what actually is an android phone. I have been using Samsung phones and I know they are android. So is Samsung the maker of the physical components and android the operating system? So that would mean the with the Google pixel, Google made both the operating system and the hardware? I remember hearing about the pixel a little while ago and it appeals too me. I may purchase that phone once my current ones contact is complete.

    1. You are very correct, Google is the owner of Android Operating system, other phone manufactures, or OEMs have to agree to Google’s terms in order to use Android OS   

  8. Hey Ngonidzashe, I like your article. I’ve had my android phone for a very long time now and I have to say that I love it; I’ve been offered to upgrade but I’ve turned it down because my android still works good; a kink here and there but still good and still running. Also, my brother has all of the new technologies which includes new phones but he doesn’t have an android. If I was going to upgrade, I’d be on the lookout for the Titan M chip; a handy little marvel to be sure. Good job!

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