Samsung just announced that they are killing off the My Knox app, replacing it with the Samsung Secure Folder app that ships with the new Samsung Galaxy S8 and Galaxy S8 Plus smartphones. Secure Folder is compatible with the Samsung Galaxy S7 and Galaxy S7 edge smartphones that have been upgraded to Android 7.0 Nougat.
Samsung Will Soon Terminate My Knox
Samsung recently sent out this email to all registered Samsung users :
Samsung Secure Folder
Samsung Secure Folder is a new security solution that leverages the defense-grade Samsung Knox security platform to create a private, encrypted space on a Samsung Galaxy smartphone running on Android 7.0 Nougat or better. It is available in the new Samsung Galaxy S8 and Galaxy S8 Plus smartphones, but can be downloaded and installed in the Samsung Galaxy S7 and Galaxy S7 edge smartphones that have been upgraded to Android 7.0 Nougat.
As no Mobile Device Management (MDM) is required to manage Secure Folder, it is suitable for both personal and business usage. Apps and data can be installed or created in Secure Folder, or moved to Secure Folder from outside. Here are the additional details about Samsung Secure Folder :
- Apps and data moved to Secure Folder are kept separate, leveraging SE for Android – preventing unauthorized communication between apps inside and outside Secure Folder.
- Application data and files put in the Secure Folder are encrypted with defense-grade Sensitive Data Protection (SDP) technology – using 256-bit AES cipher algorithm to secure data.
- Data remains encrypted even after the user has exited Secure Folder or has turned off the device, and is decrypted when a user authenticates to access the Secure Folder. But keep in mind that Secure Folder authentication is just a gatekeeper to enter Secure Folder.
Secure Folder can also be used alongside Knox Workspace, enabling two Knox container solutions at the same time. This allows users to have access to both a dedicated work environment (Knox Workspace), as well as a secure personal area (Secure Folder).
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