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Lockscreen and Authentication Improvements in Android 11

Posted by Haining Chen, Vishwath Mohan, Kevin Chyn and Liz Louis, Android Security Team[Cross-posted from the Android Developers Blog] As phones become faster and smarter, they play increasingly important roles in our lives, functioning as our extended memory, our connection to the world at large, and often the primary interface for communication with...

Improved malware protection for users in the Advanced Protection Program

Posted by Daniel Rubery, Software Engineer, Chrome, Ryan Rasti, Software Engineer, Safe Browsing, and Eric Mill, Product Manager, Chrome SecurityGoogle’s Advanced Protection Program helps secure people at higher risk of targeted online attacks, like journalists, political organizations, and activists, with a set of constantly evolving safeguards that...

Announcing new reward amounts for abuse risk researchers

Posted by Marc Henson, Lead and Program Manager, Trust & Safety; Anna Hupa, Senior Strategist, at GoogleIt has been two years since we officially expanded the scope of Google’s Vulnerability Reward Program (VRP) to include the identification of product abuse risks.Thanks to your work, we have identified more than 750 previously unknown product abuse...

Pixel 4a is the first device to go through ioXt at launch

Posted by Eugene Liderman and Xevi Miro Bruix, Android Security and Privacy Team Trust is very important when it comes to the relationship between a user and their smartphone. While phone functionality and design can enhance the user experience, security is fundamental and foundational to our relationship with our phones.There are multiple ways to build...

Towards native security defenses for the web ecosystem

Posted by Artur Janc and Lukas Weichselbaum, Information Security EngineersWith the recent launch of Chrome 83, and the upcoming release of Mozilla Firefox 79, web developers are gaining powerful new security mechanisms to protect their applications from common web vulnerabilities. In this post we share how our Information Security Engineering team...

System hardening in Android 11

Posted by Platform Hardening Team In Android 11 we continue to increase the security of the Android platform. We have moved to safer default settings, migrated to a hardened memory allocator, and expanded the use of compiler mitigations that defend against classes of vulnerabilities and frustrate exploitation techniques. Initializing memoryWe’ve enabled...

11 Weeks of Android: Privacy and Security

Posted by Charmaine D'Silva, Product Lead, Android Privacy and Framework, Narayan Kamath, Engineering Lead, Android Privacy and Framework, Stephan Somogyi, Product Lead, Android Security and Sudhi Herle, Engineering Lead, Android Security This blog post is part of a weekly series for #11WeeksOfAndroid. For each #11WeeksOfAndroid, we’re diving into...

Making the Advanced Protection Program and Titan Security Keys easier to use on Apple iOS devices

Posted by Christiaan Brand, Product Manager, Google Cloud Starting today, we’re rolling out a change that enables native support for the W3C WebAuthn implementation for Google Accounts on Apple devices running iOS 13.3 and above. This capability, available for both personal and work Google Accounts, simplifies your security key experience on compatible...

The Advanced Protection Program comes to Google Nest

Posted by Shuvo Chatterjee, Product Manager, Advanced Protection ProgramThe Advanced Protection Program is our strongest level of Google Account security for people at high risk of targeted online attacks, such as journalists, activists, business leaders, and people working on elections. Anyone can sign up to automatically receive extra safeguards against...

Expanding our work with the open source security community

Posted by Eduardo Vela, Vulnerability Collector, Google At Google, we’ve always believed in the benefits and importance of using open source technologies to innovate. We enjoy being a part of the community and we want to give back in new ways. As part of this effort, we are excited to announce an expansion of our Google Vulnerability Rewards Program...

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