Android 12 lets IT admins disable USB data to improve security

Along with all the new Android 12 features that we’ve highlighted previously, Google is including some enterprise-focused changes in the software release. With these changes, the company aims to make Android a more reliable and secure operating system by giving enterprises and IT admins access to more privacy controls and additional security measures. One of these features gives IT admins the option to disable USB data on enterprise devices to improve security.
According to a recent post on Google’s The Keyword blog, Android 12 will give IT admins the option to decide which input method editors (IMEs) employees can use to reduce the risk of a third-party keyboard capturing data on the device. They will also receive an option to disable USB signaling for anything but charging to reduce the risk of USB-based attacks.  However, this feature will only be available on devices that have USB HAL 1.3. Google mentions that device admin apps will have to call canUsbDataSignalingBeDisabled() t…

Written By: Pranob Mehrotra

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