[Photo Credit: Android Authority]
Samsung’s Knox software was introduced a few days ago, claiming that it will prevent business professionals from having their accounts hacked and violated by hackers and malicious apps. In photos of Samsung’s Knox software, the software is embedded into the Android OS experience and is listed as an application on the Samsung smartphone. If a user wants to access a safe web experience, simply click on the application — and all safeguards are in place. Samsung’s desire to step up its Internet security is all part of removing the so-called infamous Android stereotype that Apple fanboys provide in their tech journalism: that is, Android smartphones and tablets are vulnerable to viruses and malware of all kinds.
Motorola introduced a business security product of its own at RSA 2013 Conference this past week. Called the Assured Mobile Environment (or Motorola AME 2000), the new phone borrows some elements from Motorola’s Atrix HD and comes with both a phone processor chip and a CRYPTR micro card. The phone processor chip is the same as any normal processor chip implanted in a phone (in this case, the Motorola chip), but the CRYPTR micro is Motorola’s business security that provides government-level encryption. According to CNET’s Seth Rosenblatt, Motorola’s AME 2000 is ideal for a government official or someone who wants government security (“The Most Secure Android Phone in the World [Maybe]”). Here is what Rosenblatt says about the CRYPTR micro:
“That hardware-encrypted chip is an unusual security feature that Motorola calls the CRYPTR micro. IT looks like a microSD card, and it has the same form factor, but it’s actually a hardware security module that provides tamper protection for tokens, keys, and certificates. It meets FIPS 140-2 Level 3 and National Security Administration Suite B encryption standards, and can perform high-assurance cryptopgraphic operations” (Seth Rosenblatt, “The Most Secure Android Phone”). In addition to its high security encryption, the AME 2000 has other features such as the following:
* OS: Android
* SMS app (AES 256, suite level B)
Motorola’s use of Android OS makes it easier for consumers to use the device. There is no new OS to which users must adjust.
With all of its protection against hackers, malicious apps, and malware downloads, it seem as though the AME 2000 is ideal for nearly anyone. The price, however, is not so ideal: according to Motorola senior director Gary Schluckbier, the AME 2000 will probably cost anywhere from $1300 or $1400 (minimum) to $2000. With such a massive price, you would think that Motorola would deny the device to consumers and simply market the product to business professionals; however, the now Google-owned company has decided to keep the opportunity for purchase open to individual consumers (most likely business professionals who work for companies that emphasize the BYOD program, Bring Your Own Device).
While this is an excellent form of business and Internet security, it will be nice to see this technology manufactured and implanted within smartphones and tablets for the average consumer. A phone that costs approximately anywhere from $1300-$2000 is an expensive form that not many consumers can afford. Consumers still need this kind of protection; and, since malware and hacker viruses are running rampant these days, consumers could use the double-layer encryption even if they do not need it for their normal, daily activities.