Samsung treats data about smartphone users as a state secret

According to a top Samsung executive, users' secrets are treated as state secrets by the company, which offers chip-level protection to protect sensitive data.

Among Samsung's secret services are the safeguards it provides to safeguard users' sensitive information against nation-state bad actors infiltrating high-profile users' devices through government spyware like NSO Group's Pegasus and now Android-based 'Hermit'.

Samsung sued for copying this useful smartphone feature Smartphones store a variety of valuable information, including our identity, financial details, location, health records, and personal and professional conversations.

Samsung Electronics' VP of Security, Dr. Seungwon Shin, says hackers are aware of smartphones' ability to access our identities and finances and have increased mobile malware attacks and phishing attacks against mobile users.

“We are aware of the importance of keeping our users and their data protected and that is why it has never been more important to do so,” he said during a virtual meeting.

“Through the use of hardware-backed security, we ensure that every component of a device - from the chipset to the operating system and apps - is protected,” said Dr. Shin.

A new operating system from Samsung called 'TEEGRIS' enables tablet and smartphone manufacturers to provide partners with more secure app experiences by using hardware cryptography, encryption, and access controls.

To prevent unauthorized software from loading onto the device, the company also performs integrity checks on key security components and functions.

“With our patented real-time Kernel Protection technology and DEFEX, we can intercept any crucial activities that may compromise the device during its operation,” explained Dr. Shin.

As a business security solution, Samsung Knox developed into a holistic enterprise security platform, protecting phones and tablets through their entire lifecycle for both consumers and businesses, explained Dr. Shin, who heads up Samsung's security R&D team.

The absence of strong security means no privacy. To protect users' privacy, we must ensure that their data never falls into the wrong hands. As a result, everything we do is aimed at keeping their information and data secure,' he said.

Additionally, some of the most recent Galaxy devices from Samsung have been upgraded to one of four generations of One UI and Android OS.

When a Samsung device is in the hands of a consumer, the company's responsibility to protect them does not end. Samsung gives users control over their data through the Privacy Dashboard, which provides full visibility into who has access to their information and how it is used.

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