A MIUI 13 was made official in late December with increments in security. The new version of the interface for mobiles and tablets from Xiaomi brings a system to protect users against fraud with alerts, blocking apps and the like. But the feature is only available in China and is not expected to be released in other countries.
The novelty is an initiative by the government agency against fraud in China and Xiaomi. Through the new system, users ensure simpler ways to find out if someone is trying to impersonate a company, for example. These warnings appear in various instances, such as SMS, phone calls and app installation.
Xiaomi demonstrated some details about how the feature works in a post on the Chinese social network Weibo. In the case of text messages, the app advises the user to pay attention to the risks of SMS coming from abroad, if the message is sent by a suspicious number. Below the content, there is the following alert: “Suspected fraud, be careful, touch to report”.
The same happens with calls: when receiving a call from a suspicious number, MIUI 13 says that it is a “scam call”. The system highlights the operators’ official channels to educate against scams via SMS or phone call: senders are identified as “Dedicated operator number against fraud”.
MIUI 13 prevents the installation of fraudulent apps
The system still achieves installing applications. When downloading fraudulent software, MIUI prevents the process from continuing and issues the following warning:
“Relevant laws and regulations require installation to be prohibited,” they warn. “This is a fraudulent app, with fraudulent content, with fraudulent transactions, or maliciously inducing expense. Using this app will bring greater risks.”
There is also a mechanism to prevent risky bank transfers. If the user receives a suspicious call or message, the system warns that “continuing payment may cause problems”. The notice also advises the user to “verify the authenticity of the identity with the help of relatives, friends or the police”.
More than 2.9 million yuan are defrauded in a scam
The concern of the Chinese government and Xiaomi is not in vain. In the post, the manufacturer also highlighted an episode when scammers sent text messages that pretended to be from the electronic toll booth (ETC, in English) of China. With the coup, more than 2.9 million yuan, about R$2.6 million in direct conversion, were defrauded.
The company also cited other examples of events in the Asian country. This is the case of the connection where the con artist pretends to be the head of the victim and who has carried out a coup of almost 3 million yuan (approximately R$2.7 million). Many university students were also targeted for fraud totaling tens of thousands of yuan.
Xiaomi Announces New Version of MIUI and Xiaomi 12
This is one of the new features of MIUI 13. The new version was announced on the 28th with security and performance improvements, with the promise of making the animations more fluid. The update also brings the Mi Smart Hub beta, a new font and a tablet-oriented interface.
On the same day, the company unveiled the Xiaomi 12 line. Altogether, two cell phones were announced with Snapdragon 8 Gen 1 (Xiaomi 12 and 12 Pro), but one comes out of the box with the Snapdragon 870 (Xiaomi 12X). Other new features are the new Xiaomi Buds 3 wireless headphones and the Xiaomi Watch S1 smart watch.
With information: Gizmochina and Weibo