Security is engineered into everything we do
Our goal is to make Android the safest computing platform in the world. That's why we invest in technologies and services that strengthen the security of devices, applications, and the global ecosystem.
It's also one reason Android is open source. Being open allows us to tap into a global network of security talent full of innovative ideas that help make Android safer every day. Security experts around the world can review our code, develop and deploy new security technology, and contribute to Android’s protections.
As the Android ecosystem evolves, we continue to invest in leading-edge security ideas. And we want to share our knowledge openly with you. Explore below to learn about the latest technologies and information that help secure Android.
Automatic security, all the time
Android devices come with built-in software called Verify Apps, which regularly checks to make sure all apps are behaving on your device. If a harmful app is detected, Verify Apps will display an alert, or block the app entirely.
Simplify security with your fingerprint
Fingerprint API lets users unlock their device, securely sign in to apps, and check out on Android Pay and the Play Store, all with the tap of a finger.* And to help developers integrate functionality into third-party apps, Android comes with a Fingerprint API.Learn More
Harnessing data to keep users safe
To build upon Android’s secure foundation, a utility called SafetyNet periodically checks apps, settings, and critical security data from over 1 billion Android devices. If an app steps out of line, Google Play can automatically suspend it. And it all happens under the hood to keep you safe, no matter what version of Android you’re on.
Secure a device just by turning it on
Upon startup, Verified Boot confirms that the device software hasn’t been tampered with. This is accomplished using a key that’s built in to the device hardware, which ensures that software always comes from a trusted source. In plain English: it’s yet another way Android helps protect your data and your devices.Learn More
Protecting devices, even when they’re lost
You can use Android Device Manager to remotely locate a lost device associated with a Google account. You can even add a screen-lock PIN, or erase all data on a device that's stolen or lost for good. Crisis averted.
A shield around every app
Every Android app is contained in what’s called an application sandbox. If an app attempts something unwanted, like accessing private information in another app, the sandbox stops it in its tracks and keeps you protected.
Tech Lead & Manager of Google Photos, Android
Sandboxing is yet another critical layer of security for the Google Photos app. It ensures that our users’ private photo and video libraries are kept safe on their devices and provides peace of mind for people to trust our app with their lifetime of memories.