—With the rapid evolvement in the mobile landscape, mobile devices has become one of the integral part of day-to-day activities. It has also become a storage place for all kind of information which includes personal information, photos, videos, work data, and many more. Moreover, the mobile devices are being widely used in financial transactions and people tend to store the financial credentials also on the mobile device. This inturn aids the user to easily carry and perform the work from anywhere and anytime. But, with this flexibility, there are high chances of user data getting compromised due to the varied mobile threats like device loss/theft, malwares. In order to prevent data compromise and to protect users' against data theft, there arise the need to secure the data stored on the device. Android provides a secure means of storing passwords/PIN as part of the platform, namely Android KeyStore and also supports device encryption that encrypts the complete device and there is no other means for storing other sensitive data securely. In order to address this issue, a secure means of storage for Android platform is developed namely Secure Storage. In this paper, we highlight some of the mobile device security threats, the importance of securing data and brief the secure storage component.
—Android, data compromise, keystore, mobile threats, secure storage.
The authors are with C-DAC, Hyderabad, Telangana 500005, India (e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org, email@example.com, firstname.lastname@example.org, email@example.com)
Cite: Poonguzhali P., Prajyot Dhanokar, M. K. Chaithanya, and Mahesh U. Patil, "Secure Storage of Data on Android Based Devices," International Journal of Engineering and Technology vol. 8, no. 3, pp. 177-182, 2016.