Biometric Protection Against Malware Coming to Android

The authors at Android Authority have discovered a new security feature in the code of a test build for the Google Play client, which may soon be available on Android smartphones. This feature aims to protect users from installing malicious apps when their phone is handed to another person.

Currently, if an APK file is attempted to be installed on an Android device, the system prompts to scan it for safety. This scan can be bypassed by selecting “Install anyway,” allowing a malicious actor with access to an unlocked phone to install harmful apps without the owner’s knowledge.

The new feature found in the Google Play test build addresses this issue. If a user opts out of the safety scan, the phone will require the owner’s fingerprint or PIN code to proceed with the installation. This ensures that only the owner can authorize app installations. There is no information yet on when this feature will become widely available.

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