Google on Android Lollipop security: Set it and forget it

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Google’s lead security engineer on Android thinks you shouldn’t have to be a tech whiz to keep your phone secure.

The head of Google’s Android mobile software security team has a little secret: Although he lives in urban San Francisco, “most days” he doesn’t lock the front door to his house.

And he’s not worried about it. While it’s not clear whether Adrian Ludwig is arrogant, trusts his neighbors too much, or just has a really good insurance policy, his message is that he doesn’t think about securing his home when he’s not there.

Now Ludwig, the man with the unlocked door, wants you to feel just as safe using your mobile phone and “not think” about Android security, either.

Google is about to release the latest version of its Android mobile operating system with several major security improvements that Ludwig says will help keep user’s data safer, even as Android expands from phones and tablets into cars, watches, and other devices.

With its newest release, Android 5.0 Lollipop, Google is changing the way Android security works. This time around, the company said, security will be set automatically.

“I don’t think it’s realistic that the average person should care about security,” Ludwig said in a conference call with reporters during which he highlighted what he considered to be the most important new and updated security features in Lollipop.

The move signifies a change among top smartphone makers from merely offering security features to mandating their use, and at the same time, making them easier to use. With Android powering more than 80 percent of the world’s smartphones, it’s no longer reasonable to build technology merely for the tech crowd. So Google is taking the approach of rivals such as Apple: Automatically turn on key security features, so customers don’t even need to know.