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Google Set to Tackle Ransomware, Relies on Android O


The most recent operating system for mobile phones is Android O which has the maximum advanced features. Some of these are what's called the OS' 'Copy Less and Gesture Trigger,' or the capability for stopping ransomware attacks aimed at it. Incidentally, ransomware is malicious software, which doesn't allow victimized users to access their data files, different programs and/or devices unless they pay ransom money demanded. Google has presently intensified its operation to thwart ransomware attacks.


According to Elena Kovakina, malware analyst of Android security group, ransomware infection performs all the actions opposite to Android's security module. Google has set down to deal with the ransomware issue affecting Android devices via updating its application protections, censuring particular APIs, while eliminating functionality. Besides, the Internet giant has improved its malware detection capabilities within Android Nougat, with further features to be added to the upcoming Android O.


The threat of ransomware is not so severe for mobile devices compared to desktops; still its presence is confirmed. As per Bits Online reports, Google has successfully depicted the latest OS' ability to affect Android ransomware attacks by officially disapproving, denouncing malicious software and wholly removing obsolete functionalities. The technology major suggested that removing outdated functionalities is critical since otherwise they could make the systems weak enough for attacks. Furthermore, Google has by now detected 30 Android ransomware programs as well as garnered 50,000 samples of the same. Droidreport.com posted this, April 17, 2017.


There's one definite recovery method for mobile owners victimized with ransomware which isn't available in the case of desktop victims and that is factory reset. Those who routinely maintain file backups as well as backups of important settings suffer the least data loss if malware infection leads to data encryption, and also minimize data-loss if mobile is at 'device reset.' Kovakina says the security group of Android hasn't yet found ransomware strains that can encrypt the cloud backup of Google as also that the group hasn't still observed ransomware immune to 'factory reset.'


However, for lessening malware threats, device's software should be up-to-date, dubious and unfamiliar apps not downloaded, and mobile applications installed to safeguard data and device.

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