Honor 7 – Smarter, Faster, More Secure
Smartphone data security is becoming more and more imperative as you use your smartphone to store most of your personal and confidential data. However, it is common to find that not many smartphone users are aware of the various security features packed in the latest phones and make use of them. Here, we try to throw light on how you can take control when it comes to protecting your privacy. Let’s first understand the basic security requirements of a smartphone: Device lock:Use a secure code to prevent others from accessing the phone
Privacy Protection:Hide personal data when device is shared with others
Monitoring data usage: Prevent unknown and unsafe applications from using network data
Protection against malware
Spam and harassment filter:Protection against unwanted calls or spam content
Device locking and unlocking is one of the basic requirement of a smartphone. In Android devices, screen locks based on pattern or password are very common. But it is important to note that it is quite easy to crack by others. Case in point: When you use a pattern lock, it’s always possible for others to easily detect the actual pattern by seeing the pattern marks on the screen. As for password-based screen locks, more often than not users tend to use simple passwords because of the fact that it has to be entered frequently to unlock the device and is also easy to remember. Having a short password, thus, makes it easy for miscreants to detect the password when you unlock your device in public. Many smartphone makers, understanding these limitations, have tried to provide better security methods. This brings us to ‘Fingerprint Scanning’ which makes your phone accessible only to you. But secure though it is, how it lets you use your phone varies from brand to brand. To illustrate this, we have compared the Fingerprint sensor on the honor 7, our latest flagship, to that of the newly launched OnePlus 2. The position of the fingerprint sensor plays a significant role in the convenience of unlocking the device every time. OnePlus 2 integrates the scanner with the ubiquitous home screen button, while the honor 7 has a separate sensor at the back of the phone. This makes it convenient to use any finger you prefer, instead of just a thumb.
We have also seen a major difference in the time taken by the two phones to register a new finger. OnePlus 2 takes around 30 sec to learn and register a finger, honor 7 just 10 seconds. Even the time to unlock the device varies – you can unlock the honor 7 in less than 0.5 sec, whereas OnePlus 2 takes around 0.75 to 1 sec. All things considered, the fingerprint sensor on the honor 7 stands out in terms of performance.
As we know, Android has a provision for Guest mode (Android L version) to enable users to share their smartphone with others. Honor takes this further by letting you configure two different sets of passwords/patterns/fingerprints – one for yourself and the other for a guest account. Unlock with the assigned password/fingerprint to enter the guest mode where you configure your phone to hide important personal data. These settings can be found under “Privacy Protection.” We could not find a similar function in the OnePlus 2.
On the other hand Oneplus provides creation of multiple accounts which are completely independent and do not share common data or applications. This may be useful only when a device is shared by different members of a family, which we believe is not a practical use case.
is another feature which we found in Honor 7 which allows you to use Bluetooth devices such as a smart band to unlock your device remotely. In the future, we feel this will become popular.
Monitoring data usage
The honor 7 provides two features to let you control which apps can use your internet data: Protected apps and Network Apps Protected Apps allows you to configure which apps can run in the background when the device is locked. With this feature, you can save a great amount of data. For instance, you may not want Facebook to run all the time expect when you are using it. You can do so with Protect Apps. This also optimizes your battery performance because it keeps only the apps you want running.
The Networked Apps setting allows you to configure which apps are allowed to use mobile data and which apps are permitted to use only WiFi. Even system apps can be configured this way. This will let you monitor and control your data usage.
Spam and harassment filter This is of utmost importance if you are bombarded by calls or messages from unknown sources and known spam. The honor 7 has inbuilt features like “Do Not Disturb” & “Harassment Filter.”
allows you to block all unwanted calls and messages. It provides a ‘Blacklist’ and ‘Whitelist’ configuration to control unwanted calls and messages.
Do Not Disturb
(DND) allows only priority interruptions to ring or vibrate when DND mode is enabled. On the honor 7, you can follow simple steps to define priority and set what you want to allow (important reminders, calls from important contacts, etc.) in DND mode. DND mode can be configured to be activated automatically at a predefined time.
Protection against malware
Protection of user data from malware-infested applications and malicious content is the need of the hour. honor 7 has extended the features offered by Android, to provide the real-time protection. You can monitor different access rights used by different apps i.e to control app permissions even after it is installed.
It provides a dual view feature
- Permission view provides a list of apps which can use a certain permission
- App view gives the list of all permissions an app is using
Permission Manager allows you to manage the permissions to apps. You can choose from:
- Notify (ask before using)
- Restrict (do not let use)
Recommended Permission: Helps you identify which permission to give and which to withhold to keep your privacy protected. Permission Restriction History: History of apps which have accessed or tried to access restricted permissions. It also notifies you when such incident happens. In conclusion, based on overall security features and control over person data, we believe the honor 7 is truly smarter, better and more secure.