Posted by Harish J 6 months ago

Samsung Knox 2.0 leverages Galaxy S5 features for better security


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At the Mobile World Congress, Samsung unveiled the next version of its enterprise security client, Samsung Knox 2.0.  The utility will be available to all Samsung devices that run Android 4.4 KitKat, but comes with a set of features that are available only on the Galaxy S5. The utility takes advantage of the finger scanner on the Galaxy S5 to create a two-factor biometric authentication system that allows users to scan their fingerprint and then enter their unlock code to unlock their device. In addition, the utility lets users create two distinct secure containers on each device, which gives them the ability to separate work files from personal data. Knox 2.0 comes with a real-time scanner that checks the Linux kernel for any malware infections.

Samsung has also launched the Knox Marketplace, from which enterprises can discover and install Knox services and other SaaS offerings. The Enterprise Mobility Management initiative is targeted at small to medium sized businesses. The utility features a cloud-based admin console that gives IT admins the ability to monitor enterprise mobile devices, user identities and set user access privileges as needed. Knox 2.0 comes pre-installed on the Galaxy S5, and can be downloaded on other devices running Android 4.4 KitKat. Samsung claims that there are over 1 million Knox users, and that number will only increase once the Galaxy S5 starts selling.

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13 comments on “Samsung Knox 2.0 leverages Galaxy S5 features for better security

  1. ChiefRA 6 months ago said:

    Quoting: “Samsung claims that there are over 1 million Knox users” that a false assumption. We are “forced” to use the Knox as since Android 4.3, the Knox comes pre-installed as system app and cannot be turned off.

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  2. msb2013 6 months ago said:

    Stupid Knox it should be optional not forced.

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  3. qwertyqaz 6 months ago said:

    It’s time to say goodbye to Samsung.

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  4. ewerthon_jp 6 months ago said:

    samsung, let me say something: BYE BYE!!!! sony, i’m comimg in!!!!

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  5. pepooh696 6 months ago said:

    what the F..galaxy F s5..they’re not contented with the knox 1.0 hahahaha OMG. I should have continued using xperia phones. stupid GS4..i mean knox

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  6. prince1del 6 months ago said:

    Bye bye samsung , nokia is coming to rock world again.. a small advice remove knox , i am paying for peace of mind not for your knox shine…

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  7. maanz 6 months ago said:

    Samsung, u will be chasing away yr consumers with the new Knox sh*t.
    The Black Phone will have a better security environment than the Knox.
    Sorry Samsung, no more of yr devices in the future for me.
    Yr Knox built-in devices will be an epic failure of the century.

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  8. emba 6 months ago said:

    just look at the comments here, its clear people hate it and the few who could benefit from it are likely using better solutions, why the hell are they still pushing it so hard, do they want to kill their mobile business?

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  9. thunderboat 6 months ago said:

    I totally understand the need for Knox in Enterprise environment, but for a consumer electronics I just need fun with the phone. Samsung needs to wake up and understand where the line is drawn.

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  10. Absie 6 months ago said:

    I have as much opt-out from Knox as I have from the bloat-ware, unique certificate, hidden code and the startup scripts riddled with NSA references. And what is that doing on my OWN device? To put things in a “container” while banning all real antivirus solutions to work? No antivirus, firewalls, backups, apps blocking others that are too hungry with their permissions or sending your info or directing the webpages through their own servers.

    Just naked because I can put a file in a “container”. WOOWHOO! I feel soo safe.

    They sneaked it in and it destroyed a bunch of I9505 due to plain evilness (check XDA) and try to develop from their Open Source-page and then try to install your “improved” code (that you can download for just that purpose) without tripping the Knox. Good luck! Warranty gone, and what more?

    Then you are “punished” like some kid by banning you from Kies. It’s a kindergarten not a serious company.

    But then we have Sammobile to the rescue! We who don’t want encrypted bootloaders whatever they do, because we have the option to pass through that because we get the updates from here!
    THANK YOU SAMMOBILE! What would we do without you???

    Your hard work by getting the updates that the mega company Samsung can’t even deliver on their own servers. Says a lot about how they care about you as a customer, eh?

    You are a saver and a shining star in the satellite pictures over Korea. Wait? That was North. Samsung has mixed up the poles I think!

    KEEP UP THE INVALUABLE SERVICE YOU GIVE TO US. USERS.

    No more Samsung for me. EVER. And with S5 you have now the option to freely collect your fingerprints to NSA! Smart move!

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