Samsung Knox 2.0 uses Galaxy S5 features for better security

February 25, 2014
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Samsung is continuing its efforts to make its smartphones more secure for enterprise with the new Samsung Knox 2.0 that takes advantage of some new features of the Galaxy S5.

The new Knox 2.0 is available for Samsung devices running Android 4.4 KitKat, but some features are unique to the manufacturer’s new flagship phone. The feature uses the fingerprint scanner in the Galaxy S5 for two-factor biometric authentication, for example, making users scan their fingerprint and input a code to unlock the device.

Knox 2.0 also includes the new Knox Key Storage feature that generates and stores encryption keys in the protected “TrustZone” environment. The names are a bit silly, but they’re important for those who need their phone to be secure.

The biggest reason Samsung created Knox and the new Knox 2.0 is for enterprise customers. To that end the new version makes it easier for IT departments to manage groups of phones with cloud-based mobile device management systems. There’s also the new Knox Marketplace which lets companies provide enterprise apps for their employees.

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Knox 2.0 will come preinstalled on the Samsung Galaxy S5, and those with older Samsung smartphones can upgrade as soon as their phone receives the KitKat update.

It seems Samsung’s ultimate goal with Knox is to supplant BlackBerry as the go-to smartphone maker for secure devices in the enterprise. The company is already making some progress in that goal, as it claims it sells about 210,000 Knox-enabled devices a month. There are already 1 million devices out there using the platform.

While some may have been disappointed by the Galaxy S5, there’s no denying that it’s a more exciting device than the BlackBerry Z10 for many users. Knox 2.0 might make it so more people can use the Galaxy S5, or older Samsung phones at work instead of being stuck with a BlackBerry they have to carry around along with a phone they actually want to use.

Have you had to use Knox on a pervious Samsung smartphone?

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