Samsung Electronics has officially released a downloadable version of Secure Folder for the Galaxy S7 and Galaxy S7 Edge today (February 24th).
This is a robust security solution intended to help mobile users protect their valuable data and information.
Making use of the defence-grade Samsung Knox security platform, Secure Folder creates a private, encrypted space on a Samsung Galaxy smartphone. Apps and data can then be moved to this folder, where they are sandboxed separately on the device and gain an additional layer of security and privacy.
As a result of this action, this content gains further protection from malicious attacks – and the Secure Folder will need to be accessed with an authentication method such as PIN, pattern, passcode or biometric verification like fingerprint authentication.
Apps, images and documents that the user considers personal and private can be encrypted and kept secure and hidden by this feature – and copies of favourite apps can be copied here and accessed via alternative profiles.
Notes, photos, contacts or browsing history within the apps stored in Secure Folder will remain separate from the same apps outside Secure Folder – making it similar to how some people use private browsing modes on internet apps such as Google Chrome.
Those who want to ensure banking information or apps that store large amounts of personal data stay private will find this particularly useful. This is especially the case if they are lending out their phones to friends, family members or colleagues.
Using a Samsung Account, the app has a simple design and user interface that is easy to set up and manage.
Sensitive data can be moved to Secure Folder by selecting the 'Move to Secure Folder' option from native apps such as Gallery, My files, or Contacts. Alternatively, an option called 'Add files' can be selected from inside Secure Folder.
Users can also customise their Secure Folder by changing its name and icon, offering another layer of privacy. The Secure Folder icon can be hidden from the home screen altogether using Quick Panel.
Cloud-based backup and restore is supported by Secure Folder, so it will still be possible to migrate the content it holds to a new device. It will be kept isolated from other general backup files and can only be restored through the Settings inside Secure Folder by the original Samsung Account User.
The App can be downloaded via Galaxy Apps and is compatible with the Galaxy S7 and Galaxy S7 edge smartphones supporting Android 7.0 or later.