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Android Halts Malicious Applications by Reading ‘Panic’ Button Presses on User’s Phone


Android has introduced one fresh feature called 'panic' button which takes the user back onto his main screen in case he presses a 'back' button a number of times. The feature released for the 7.1 Nougat OS of Android has been created for halting malevolent apps from compromising an end-user's screen.


The 'back' key should be pressed again and again when an end-user encounters an application which doesn't let him exist it. The discoverer of the feature is xda-developers and it is not something which can be dynamically utilized.


Nevertheless, for any unlucky Android owner whose device contracts malware, he can be rescued with the 'panic' approach. Google has created its 'back' button as enabling a monitor for, by default, triggering one back action when users operate their smart phones.


A few malicious applications may turn off the 'back' key as well as other buttons. This then wouldn't let the user return to his main screen else any other application. The time is then when the user starts panicking. Unable to guess what is happening with his smart phone as well as what makes it not to answer the user's commands, the phone owner will keep on anxiously hitting the back button in anticipation of it behaving its usual way. Yahoo.com posted this on the Web dated July 11, 2017.


It is here when Google's system would find out the unusual behavior of the phone owner's back button i.e. why so frequently the button is being pressed. Subsequently, the system will prevail over the application and once again enable back action on the phone as well as restore its main screen. The system works for applications which simply freeze, however, for rogue software too which attempts at tapping any or all moves, such as adware or malicious software.


Norton Anti-Virus notes that creating more and more malware has become a norm of the day because of the money they fetch via sophisticated cyber-crime. Malware gets designed to earn profit via filching sensitive information with say spyware, forced advertising, disseminating spam messages else porn through zombie PCs, alternatively for extorting money.

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