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Google Unveils New Encryption Features for Android Developers

Security-minded Android application developers can better secure user data, thanks to new cryptographic features inAndroid 9.0,Google says.

Starting in Android 6.0, as part of Keystore, application developers have had at their disposal a set of cryptographic tools designed to secure user data. Keystore keeps cryptographic primitives from software libraries on secure hardware, out of the Android OS, in an attempt to protect application secrets from various forms of attacks.

Applications can specify restrictions on how and when the keys can be used, and the latest Android iteration brings new capabilities to Keystore. Among these, there’s the ability to restrict key use to protect sensitive information, along with option to secure key use while protecting key material from the application or operating system.

Android 9.0 aims to keep sensitive information secure even if it was sent to an application while the device screen was locked (the app doesn’t need to immediately...(continued)

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