10 January 2020
There is no denying the fact that smartphones have become an integral part of our lives. We spend a significant portion of our daily time on phones and also store a lot of sensitive data. This is the reason data safety and user privacy have become a major issue of concern for companies and they keep working on ways to strengthen them. Xiaomi is no different and it is now working on a new MIUI 11 security feature.
This new MIUI 11 feature will alert users whenever any app would be using any of the sensitive app permissions. This new feature is named App Behavior Records which keeps a record of sensitive permissions asked by apps. It also looks for apps working in the background.
The aim of the feature is to help users know if a particular app is acting suspiciously. It will then be up to the user to take appropriate action like even uninstalling the app if required. It is worth noting that the feature is currently in the beta stage and will take some time before it becomes available in the stable MIUI ROM.
Starting with the background processes, here is what the new feature looks for:
- Autostarting in the background
- Chain start (app launching another app)
- Using certain permissions
- Performing sensitive actions
Here is the list of sensitive actions:
- Recording audio in the background
- Accessing calendar events
- Accessing call history
- Making a phone call
- Taking photos or recording videos
- Accessing or saving items to the clipboard
- Accessing contacts
- Accessing your location
- Reading your text messages
- Accessing sensor data
- Accessing activity info
- Accessing device info
- Reading your phone number
- Accessing or saving files in the background