Research shows only 35 percent of the smartphones that were sold in 2020 had hardware security embedded in them

It won’t be wrong to say that people nowadays fully depend on their smartphones. Not only in terms of calls and messages but also for other purposes as well, such as entertainment, online banking and transactions, online shopping and what not. Smartphones have the most private and confidential information and therefore security on these devices is more important than we imagine it to be.

Counterpoint is a market research company that provides in-depth knowledge on things related to technology. On 29th January, 2021 Counterpoint reported that 35% of the phones that were sold globally last year had security hardware planted in them and it is expected that this share will reach to 38% in the year 2021.

Research analyst Parv Sharma said that as smartphones have become vulnerable to attacks due to all the private information stored in them, it is important that they are stalled with a strong hardware security. He said that this type of hardware security is being embedded into every level of smartphone that there is. Due to the global pandemic that hit in 2020, sales on secure smartphones has decreased to about 6% as compared to the sales in 2021. The pandemic had affected the overall sales of smartphones last year.

Every smartphone company is coming up with more ways to increase their products security in order to provide their customers complete privacy for their activities. The Research Vice President, Neil Shah said that hardware backed security basically means that everything is stored in a secure element which is actually in a separate microchip. A TEE (trusted execution environment) is a secure area for the main processor which looks over the operating system and communicates with it through an interface. This hardware backed security is very secure. Apple in 2020 planted this secure element in their A series chipsets and led the secure chipset market with a share of 39% last year. Neil Shah also said that Huawei too has embedded an inSE (integrated secure element) in its SoCs, but it will not get approved due to the restrictions in the US. Samsung has a physical unclonable function embedded which acts as a unique identifier; it also has a Quantum Random Number Generator in its Galaxy A Quantum in order to increase the security of its device.



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