X

The Pixel 6 Series Is Google's Most Secure Pixel Phone Ever

Google Pixel 6 pro Review AM AH 08
Advertisement
Advertisement

Google makes all sorts of advancements to Android and its own Pixel phones with each new big update, and the Pixel 6 series has the best security of any Pixel phone to date.

Today, Google has laid out a blog post that describes the improvements it’s made to Android security with Pixel 6 and Android 12. Though, this is more specifically focused on the Pixel 6 hardware than Android 12. And further focused more on the security advancements made to Pixel thanks to its custom Tensor core.

Because of this custom SoC, the security of Google’s latest phones uses a “layered approach.” Meaning that it starts at the Tensor core and ends at Google’s data centers. ARM-based processors that make up Google Tensor are powered by TrustZone technology.

Advertisement

Which provide the foundation for security on this device. But there’s also more to it than that. Google notes that users get enhanced controls like the Privacy Dashboard. In addition to built-in security like the new under-display fingerprint sensor.

The Pixel 6 fingerprint unlock was externally validated by security experts

On a consumer-facing level, the first thing you’ll generally interact with in regards to security is the fingerprint sensor. With the Pixel 4 and Pixel 4 XL, Google removed this type of security. Replacing it with the face unlock powered by Motion Sense.

But then added it back with the Pixel 4a. With Pixel 6, Google is using its first-ever under-display fingerprint sensor. The company says was validated externally by security experts.

Advertisement

Both new Pixel phones also come with additional anti-phishing protections. Google notes that the Pixel 6 and Pixel 6 Pro will both scan emails, texts, phone calls, and links sent through apps. If spots an issue that it thinks could be a phishing scam, it’ll alert you.

Android 12’s new Security Hub helps you manage everything

Android 12 Security Hub

If you like to be more hands-on with your security settings, then be sure to check out the Security Hub. A new sub-section of the Security settings in Android 12.

Advertisement

There, users can manage all the security settings of their device. Including the phone, apps, your passwords, and of course your Google account. What’s more is that the Security Hub can even suggest ways for you to improve your security settings. Such as uninstalling an application that seems harmful.

And then there’s the Privacy Dashboard for those that are privacy conscious. Utilizing this feature of Android 12 lets you see any and all apps that have accessed sensitive data. Such as your location, microphone, camera etc. Google says the dashboard only lists apps that have accessed these things in the last 24 hours.

So it might be a good idea to check it regularly. That is if you care to be privy to that information on a regular basis.

Advertisement