Friday, November 8, 2013

Google Play update disables Android Device Manager remote security features

If you own a Android device, you're probably aware that it's highly recommended to enable Android Device Manager's remote security features, lallowing you to track where a lost/stolen device is, as well as remotely erase or lock your devices to keep your data safe. That's the sort of thing one enables and never looks back at it again - unless there's an unfortunate reason to do so. But now, it's highly recommended you do so, as there is a Google Play update that is disabling the administrative rights this service requires to keep your device safe.

It's quite unfortunate, as this means that millions of users might think they have their devices "secure" thanks to the Android Device Manager, but should anything happen, they'll find out that isn't the case! It's actually a lot worse than having no conscience at all about the risks of having your Android device stolen, as in this case you'll think you're protected... when you're not.

In both my Nexus 4 (soon to be upgraded to Nexus 5) and Nexus 7, the Android Device manager was disabled, so...  do check and re-enable Android Device Manager permissions.

If you don't, you'll still be able to track and locate your Android device , but you won't be able to remotely erase it or lock it, which kind of defeats the purpose of using this service to ensure your data won't fall into the wrong hands.

[via Android Police]

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