Samsung’s in-house security software KNOX hit at least one major snag when it launched last year, but today the company is rolling out an update that it says should keep your Galaxy S5 secure. KNOX 2.0 promises to protect the data on your device while also offering an improved user experience with a full suite of new services.
The main purpose of KNOX has always been to push Samsung’s devices into the enterprise, which is why the central security app is now called KNOX Workplace. Users will also have access to KNOX EMM, for managing device from the cloud and a Marketplace for downloading other KNOX features. Finally there’s a customization tool that allows other companies to build custom mobile security software based on the KNOX software development kit.
The biggest change, however, is that KNOX now works with the Galaxy S5’s fingerprint scanner, offering “two-factor biometric authentication.” It makes sense to take advantage of the device’s built-in sensor, though from what we’ve seen this feature doesn’t really work as well as advertised.
Samsung’s push into the enterprise is just getting started as more companies adopt bring-your-own-device policies and BlackBerry’s hold on the corporate world continues to loosen. With KNOX 2.0, the company’s security software is more enticing than ever, though whether this update can stand up to outside scrutiny remains to be seen.