Google’s Android Device Manager taking new steps to protect your phone

Over five months ago, Google first launched the Android Device Manager, its service letting users track, secure, and if worse comes to worse – delete all the data from missing Android hardware. In the months following that introduction we saw the deployment of new features, and last month finally brought us an ADM Android app. This week Google continues to tweak the service to offer you even more peace of mind, implementing a change that may help prevent Android Device Manager from being used against you.

The difference is a simple, but powerful one: the ADM Android app now prompts you for your Google account password upon launching the app. That not only creates a barrier against you accidentally triggering any of ADM’s protections yourself, but it helps prevent unauthorized users from maliciously using ADM to lock-down or remotely wipe your other Android models.

ARE there people running around, grabbing unsecured Android phones and trying to wreak havoc in such a manner? We’d like to think “no,” but whatever the extent of the real risk might be, it’s still nice to know that Google’s trying to think one step ahead. The updated Android Device Manager is available in the Play Store now.

Source: Google Play
Via: Phandroid

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