Needless to say, the impact of smartphones brought onto the world can rival the large-scale commercialization of computers back in those days and as the little devices replace the practical functionality of other daily items such as laptops, wallets, house keys, remote controls, and more, the amount of data held within them are extremely valuable in the eyes of malicious actors, therefore, it is of utmost importance to protect your sensitive information with powerful security and that’s where the Samsung Knox comes into play, baked right into the Galaxy smartphones.
Let’s take the possible problems case by case and see what the security chip does to protect you.
Case 1: Unauthorized Backdoor Access
Backdoors are actually legitimate access implemented by developers to enable troubleshooting but often enough, hackers are capable of discovering these backdoors or even exploit to inject their own to get past all sorts of cybersecurity measures. While it is up to the user’s discretion to not install apps from places other than official platforms, Samsung Knox is created to validate everything within the Galaxy smartphone and they can do it very securely because Samsung manufactures every single component from zero to a hundred to make sure no backdoors are left unattended.
Case 2: Weak / Reused Passwords
One of the most common things to do including myself, we often use the same password to save up the hassle of remembering everything especially when we do not have that many unique things in mind to connect them. But when these passwords get cracked or leaked through other websites, hackers often can use that single code and gain access to other services since it is also common for platforms to enable SNS tokens where these tokens also contained the user’s information on other services.
But with Samsung Knox powering the Samsung Pass function, users can easily save log-in credentials while protected through a fingerprint scan every time the password manager inputs it on behalf of the user. Additionally, these sensitive data are stored in the Knox Vault, another isolated processor that keeps everything within itself and itself alone.
Case 3: “Free” Wi-Fi
Free Wi-Fi is free to use technically but whether it is a legitimate access point or a hacker’s disguise. You never know as even if the connection is “encrypted”, malicious actors can still sniff these data packets with the help of some software, and if you happen to perform some sign-ins or even perform banking-related tasks, oh no no no. But thanks to the Secure Wi-Fi feature backed by Samsung Knox, your outgoing internet traffic will be fully encrypted while simultaneously whacking off tracking apps so you can surf the web without any worries.
Case 4: Phishing Attacks
While a bit uncommon nowadays but still effective, phishing attacks tricks you into handling sensitive info by disguising it as legitimate websites, links, apps, you get it. As such, the Device Protection function continuously scans your device for malware or suspicious activity and alerts you when you mistakenly install malicious apps through detection via McAfee protection. Additionally, the Secure Folder protection isolates problematic apps away from the general partition and locks them down while Samsung Pay fully encrypts your card information through the efforts of Samsung Knox and Knox Vault.
Case 5: Zero-Day Exploits
Zero Days are defined as exploits that are currently not guarded against and are usually some of the most powerful and if not latest tools to bypass security protections. As such, Samsung Knox can deter this to an extend by blocking unauthorized attempts to access or modify your phone’s core is blocked in real-time. Secure Boot is also activated each time the Galaxy smartphone is rebooted to prevent any kernel-level rootkits to inject and compromise the device and if found the device is booted in an insecure way, things like Samsung Pay, Samsung Pass, Secure Folder, or Samsung Health that stores personal data are immediately locked down.
All in all, Samsung Knox is just a leading example of how the tech industry should implement security to protect its users as the world moves towards ubiquitous computing with silicon processors surrounding every aspect of our life.