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BLOG: What Android 4.4 KitKat needs for security

Antone Gonsalves | Oct. 31, 2013
Google hasn't said how far up the security ladder it plans to take Android 4.4 KitKat, but one anti-virus vendor is offering a wish list.

I have no problem with the recommendations above, except for giving AV vendors more access to the operating system. They have not shown that the protection they offer is worth the risk of having AV scanners slowdown performance and reduce battery life. As long as a person sticks with Google Play for apps, then the chance of infection is minuscule.

Something I would like to see is Google taking a tougher stand against overly aggressive adware, called "madware." The over-the-top behavior of free apps that make money by serving ad networks include placing ads on notification bars, collecting the device phone number, prompting to install other apps, adding icons to device screens and changing browser bookmarks, according to a recent report from Symantec. A few apps have been known to go so far as to play an audio ad after dialing.

With Android KitKat right around the corner, what security features would you like Google to add? Drop your ideas in the comments section.


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