In this era of penetrating digitalisation, people across the globe use their smartphones for online shopping, transferring money, paying their bills, accessing their social media accounts, etc. From password logins to block-chain keys, many of us regularly store valuable information on our smartphones. This is what makes our mobile devices a target for malicious actors. Samsung claimed that its Galaxy S20’s secure processor is the company’s solution to counter against hardware attacks.
In order to breach smartphone security, malicious actors can manipulate components (physical attacks), provoke hardware errors (fault attacks), or analyse heat and electromagnetic emissions (side-channel attacks). These attacks, also known as hardware attacks, can only happen if the hacker gets hold of the device physically.
According to Samsung, The component is a physical chip in the Galaxy S20 that provides an isolated space to protect confidential data in the device. Besides the continuous scrambling and encrypting of confidential data, the smartphone employs a physical shield to guard against physical attacks. Mind you! This chip can also detect invalid voltage or temperature changes and is equipped with security algorithms to thwart side-channel attacks, added Samsung.
The secure processor in Samsung Galaxy S20 smartphone protects a wide range of valuable data on your smartphone, starting from the lock screen. It ensures that your lock screen PIN, pattern, or password are not susceptible to guesses by making it almost impossible for attackers to reset the error counter, which monitors the number of failed unlock attempts.
Besides the lock screen data, the secure processor can also process block-chain private keys, which are similar to banking passwords for crypto-currency wallets. The physical chip fitted in Samsung Galaxy S20 smartphone even supports Strongbox Keymaster that provides hardware protection for private keys or sensitive data on third-party apps.
Emphasising that it want users to enjoy our technology and innovations without a worry, Samsung asserted that this “is why Galaxy devices come with a wide range of industry-leading security solutions to protect personal data. Samsung Knox protects, isolates, and secures data from the hardware chip up, while Secure Wi-Fi provides a safe environment for internet browsing on public wireless connections. And in case of loss or theft, the Find My Mobile service enables users to remotely locate the smartphone, as well as backup and protect data stored on the device.”
Samsung added that it continued to build on this solid security foundation for the Galaxy S20 smartphone. “At the heart of the enhanced system is the secure processor, which is engineered to ensure your data is protected even against advanced hardware attacks,” as per a blog post by Samsung.
As a part of Samsung Knox’s multi-layered security platform, the secure processor in the Galaxy S20 smartphone will not only keep your data protected on the go but also enable safer, more convenient mobile experiences in the future.
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