It is considered that Android largely inferior to iOS in terms of security. This is partly true. A large number of shells and occasional updates trite not allow time to find and eliminate all vulnerabilities that are discovered in the firmware of smartphones, because of what their owners are much more likely to become victims of malicious attacks and virus programs. Another thing is that even timely bug fixes and implementation of software mechanisms are not always a guarantee of security, and Apple understands this. Fortunately, since then, her example followed by the rest.
C 2013, Apple fits all iPhone processors with a dedicated area Secure Enclave that is responsible for the secure storage of fingerprint images of persons, passwords and other data. They are stored in encrypted form, as represented in the mathematical form, so even if an attacker can gain access to this section, to withdraw a real fingerprint or the face of the owner of the compromised device would be impossible without the decryption key. For a long time, these processors remained an exclusive feature of the Apple devices, but over time, many manufacturers began to learn from her experience.
Safe is the Chinese smartphones
Counterpoint Research, the researchers analyzed several smartphones Huawei, Samsung, Xiaomi, OnePlus, Vivo, LG, Oppo and Sony and came to the conclusion that the range of these manufacturers have models with the equivalent of a Secure Enclave. All are implementing this technology in their own way, but the purpose and end result, the achievement of which are the manufacturers remain unchanged. They encrypt the fingerprints, facial images used for identification, passwords, payment information, etc.
Samsung analog the Secure Enclave is called a PUF (Physically Unclonable Function), however, it is available only on a smartphone with the Exynos processors. However, Qualcomm, which supplies chips Snapdragon, also has a similar solution. For him it is periodically released firmware updates, eliminating certain vulnerabilities due to which storage is safe and confidential biometric information. Therefore, even not the most advanced in the technical sense, the Android smartphone will not allow to extract the fingerprint of the owner or his password, except by selection.
As smartphones protect our data
Despite the fact that usually the producers somehow do not advertise this, smartphones with hardware protection on the market today is much more than without it. Have the same Samsung them almost 90%, so the remaining indices plus or minus similar, and therefore to compare the Android-smartphones with the colander, which you cannot carry or bytes of information without losing it, is absolutely incorrect. The insecurity of the operating system is connected, firstly, with its openness, thanks to which users can download any software from anywhere, and, secondly, with the carelessness of the users, which are distributed programs that are installed on any benefits. Because of this there are all the hacks which in fact are not, because the users literally give cyber criminals access to their smartphones.