ANDROID users have just become aware of a new feature that can help keep their bank accounts safer.
Owners of Android devices know that the software is constantly churning out new and improved features
These features and tools are meant to enhance user privacy, security, and usability.
One of Android’s newest features is called Enhanced PIN Privacy (EPP) and it’s meant to deter shoulder surfing hacking attacks.
Basically, shoulder surfing is when threat actors look over your shoulder to find out your phone’s PIN or password input.
How to say EPP stop this?
Android’s new tool helps protect users’ PIN codes by disabling the animation that happens when they tap a number.
So if someone is trying to snoop on your PIN, they will have a hard time seeing what the numbers are.
As shoulder surfing attacks are becoming more and more common, this is a good step toward enhanced user privacy.
How to enable EPP
First, it’s important to note that the feature requires Android’s latest quarterly platform release (QPR): Android 13 QPR3.
If you have this, you can unlock the new feature by heading over to your device’s Settings.
From there, select Security and Privacy, and then tap on Device Lock.
Once you have done that, locate Enhanced PIN privacy and toggle it on.
How to protect yourself further
To prevent shoulder surfing, experts suggested a number of tips for smartphone owners.
For starters, people should shield paperwork or their keypad from view by using their bodies or cupping their hands.
For example, covering the ATM keypad when entering your PIN.
You can also use a privacy screen on your laptop or mobile device, which prevents onlookers from seeing your screen.
As always, you should be using strong passwords, two-factor authentication, or biometric authentication for an added layer of security.
When in public, it’s best not to speak any sensitive information over the phone.
And finally, always lock your devices whenever you leave them somewhere, such as in the office.