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Samsung's "Secure Folder" on the Note7 may be the best smartphone feature of 2016

Earlier this year, when the Galaxy S7 launched, it was loaded with something Samsung called "Private Mode." Private is, frankly, kind of lame - you can use it to secure sensitive files, photos, or voice recordings using Samsung's stock applications for those functions. I can see a use, sure, but this is a pretty limited sort of feature.

With the Note7, Samsung has introduced Secure Folder. This sounds even narrower in scope, right?

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[MWC 2014] Samsung Announces KNOX Updates, New KNOX Marketplace, And Other Security Enhancements

Samsung has announced a slew of improvements to its KNOX enterprise security product at this year's Mobile World Congress. For starters, users can now manage two separate secure containers per device, ideal for consultants with multiple clients or people who just want to better separate work data from personal files.

The total list of changes goes much deeper.

KNOX Updates:

  • Two separate secure containers per device, for example, for consultants who work for several companies or doctors who work for several clinics.
  • No more need to wrap apps inside a container. This means many more apps for users.
  • Any app from Google Play that supports Android’s multi-user framework can be installed and used inside the secure KNOX containers; IT Admins can use app whitelists and blacklists to control what can be installed.
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Samsung Opens Up KNOX To Consumers, Available For 2014 Galaxy Note 10.1 And Note 3 At Launch, Support For SIII, S4, And Note II Coming Later

Samsung KNOX separates data and apps into containers, making it difficult for malware or intruders to gain access or cause damage where they aren't wanted, and it is integrated to a device's hardware and each individual level of the Android framework, making it a full-coverage solution. The software has been available to enterprises for some time now, alleviating concerns that Android isn't secure enough to protect corporate data and communications. KNOX is trusted enough to have been approved for use on the US Department of Defense's networks, and now Samsung is giving access to such security directly to consumers.


Using KNOX, consumers can store data that they're especially concerned about, such as personal pictures and video, in protected containers that would be resistant to hacking attempts on stolen devices.

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[MWC 2013] Samsung Unveils KNOX, A Secure Enterprise Solution For Workplaces With A BYOD Policy

The push for BYOD (bring your own device) policies in workplaces has been on the rise for the last couple of years, but many corporations have frowned upon Android devices due to "security issues" within the OS. Samsung is looking to change that mindset with its newly-announced KNOX solution.


Essentially, KNOX is a security-enhanced version of Android – based on the NSA-approved SE Linux – optimized for Samsung's SAFE (Samsung for Enterprise) program. It's built-in to both the hardware and Android's framework, so it's really a full-coverage solution. At the application layer, it works to separate personal and corporate data by containerizing and encrypting corporate applications and data, which protects against viruses and malware, as well as outside attacks.

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