When Google launched Pioneer Pixel 6 and 6 Pro Smartphones Last year, the company touted its “on-chip” Tensor system and custom Titan M2 security chip as designed to support a new generation of security and privacy features. Now, as it is called Pixel 7 and 7 Prothe company He said on Tuesday It builds on that foundation with the new Tensor G2 processor, Titan M2’s extended independent security certifications, and software features like the upcoming built-in Android VPN to protect user privacy while maintaining performance.
Google has spent three years putting the Titan M2 to the test by third-party lab SGS Brightsight. The chip now contains a set of Common Criteria hardware security certificates, the same process that smart cards, SIM cards, and bank card chips go through. Titan M2 has passed the highest vulnerability assessment, which means that it is highly resistant to physical attacks, an area that has been Growing importance to chip makers In the last years.
“This test simulates the evolution of state-sponsored attacks, where someone has virtually unlimited resources and design,” says Dave Kleidermacher, Vice President of Engineering for Android Security and Privacy. “At Google and Pixel, we talk a lot about the cost of exploitation. Nothing is ever perfect – there will be vulnerabilities and exploits – but we always want to constantly raise the cost to the attacker.”
With the Pixel 7 and 7 Pro, Google continues to do just that expand its efforts on what the company calls protected computing. The goal is to restrict how and when user data can be accessed, de-identify and anonymize data when it should be used, reduce the amount of metadata that is generally produced around the user, and keep as much processing out of the cloud and on users’ devices as possible. On Pixel devices, Google controls both hardware and software, which the company says allows it to strategically plan and maximize security and performance rather than having to make tradeoffs.
Despite the privacy and security advantages of VPNs To some extent For the average user, Google One VPN will be released as a built-in service for Pixel 7 and 7 Pro by the end of this year for users who want to encrypt their network traffic and protect their IP address from mobile networks and internet providers. Google points out that, historically, users who wanted to add a mobile VPN needed to download a third-party option rather than get an enhanced, integrated service.
VPN from Google One is open source It aims to address some of the traditional concerns about VPNs by separating authentication and key management for encryption on distinct servers that cannot access each other. In essence, the service is set up to blind itself so that not even a rogue person can determine who you are and what your browsing history is by compromising the service. Google also says it does not log user browsing data, although the company says it does log some anonymous aggregate metrics. In addition to Post a detail About how the service works, Google has also commissioned and Publish an independent audit From NCC Group on VPN by Google One Security.
“We invest a lot in making sure we have extensive first-party and third-party audits, reviews, certifications and analytics to see that we truly deliver verifiable security and privacy guarantees” leading to silicon security, says Jesse Seid, Google Product Manager.
Just as the Pixel 7 and 7 Pro are recorded mostly incremental The improvements in their feature sets, and the security and privacy changes aren’t revolutionary. But Kleidermacher and Seed stress that the changes this year have been hard-earned — and with so many digital threats to contend, both for high-risk targets and casual users, every little bit matters.
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