The threat due to malware attacks is increasing day by day and many devices including Desktops, laptops and mobiles are infected due to the attack. To protect the mobile devices from these attacks Google has come up with a solution. The company has silently rolled out panic detection mode for Android devices running on Android 7.1 Nougat OS.
The main aim of panic detection mode is to protect the Android devices from any kind of malware attack which can circumvent the user’s private data. In 2016, around 14 million Android devices were affected due to the Copycat malware. This virus has not infected the device via any Google Store apps but through the third-party apps. Hence the new Android 7.1 Nougat OS has been revised with the panic detection mode feature to safeguard the devices from attacks.
Along with the measures taken by Google for Android users, the users of the device should also be aware of such attacks and the way in which they can protect their device. The working of panic detection mode is as follows:
The panic detection mode was launched by the XDA developers and it does not directly report the malware attack to the authorities or police. Many malware attacks basically infect the Android device by taking the control of back button or by changing the app settings so that the user cannot return to the home screen. When this happens the users continuously tap the back button and panic sometimes as they cannot return to their home screen.
Here comes the role of panic detection mode. Once the user taps the home screen button consequently for 4 times this mode will be triggered. Once the mode is activated the users will be enabled to get access to their home screen and delete the app which was infected by this virus. This mode was silently released by Google because it did not want the hackers to know about this and how the mode works.
In simple words, the user’s Android devices which are infected by this virus should delete the recently downloaded apps from their Android-based devices. This measure by Google for Android devices is surely a cherry on the cake as it shields the user’s private data from any kind of attacks.