Google is currently planning to introduce a Transport Layer Security (TLS) to Android devices, potentially increasing protection against hackers and privacy from the government and private agencies.
Google is planning to add a new development which will encrypt your Domain Name Server (DNS) requests in order to increase dramatically the protection of your web browsing history and make the experience more private, safe and secure, and without the need of any external Virtual Private Network (VPN) or proxy. This signifies that Google wants to keep Internet Service Providers at a safe distance from users.
The new development performed by Google allows that the entire web browsing process get the HTTPS level of security that masks the web addresses you visit through your device. In shorter words, no matter which website you visit, its address will not be communicated to your Internet Service provider (ISP).
The reason for this development include the traditional methods used by the computing system which processes Domain name server requests through protocols such as Transmission Control Protocol (TCP) or User Datagram Protocol (UDP), which in turn helps Internet Service Providers to track the history of the websites you visit through the use of their networks.
There is still a way for Internet Service Providers to acquire knowledge over your Web history, however. This due to the fact that Transport Layer Security (TLS) does not protect IP addresses that have been communicated while processing DNS requests.
In addition to this, given that TLs is a new technology, there is still a great number of Domain Name Server providers that have yet to accept connection through TLS. Thus, users may need, albeit temporarily, to rely on Virtual Private network applications in order to achieve a larger margin of security in the use of a device that has an Android OS.
The increased protection that the TLS provides to Android devices is of high importance, as the Android Operating System is often an easy way for hackers to introduce malware, ransomware and other kinds of malicious applications. And as a plus, your Web browsing history will be more private and avoid private agencies and the government to spy on your activities.
The development is expected to be a constituent of the new update named Android 8.1 Oreo, which is confirmed to enable Pixel Visual core in the Pixel 2 Smartphones. At beginnings of October, the HTTPS use reached 89 percent, which presents a great high point from a low 50 percent in 2014, Google revealed.
This was also prompted thanks to Google’s efforts to make web browsing a secure and private experience, back in August 2014, in which the company started marking sites as non-secure if they did not have a HTTPS protocol.