Here’s How Google and Samsung  Are Making Your Smartphone More Secure

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Here’s How Google and Samsung  Are Making Your Smartphone More Secure Smartphone image / Android / S6

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In the past, patching Android security issues has been very difficult.

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There are lots of versions of Android, running on devices made by different companies, running on a handful of wireless carriers.

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Which has made the responsibility of updates and security a bit ambiguous.

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But the latest security flaw to threaten Android — Stagefright — is changing that.

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Stagefright can gain access to an Android device with just a simple text message.

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And up to 1 billion Android devices are vulnerable.

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“These vulnerabilities are extremely dangerous because they do not require that the victim take any action to be exploited. Unlike spear-phishing, where the victim needs to open a PDF file or a link sent by the attacker, this vulnerability can be triggered while you sleep.” — Zimperium Mobile Security Source: Zimperium.

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The ease of getting hacked and the amount of vulnerable Android devices make it one of the worst Android bugs to date.

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That’s why Samsung and Google have pledged to actively secure their devices going forward.

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Google said last week that it’ll make monthly security updates to its Nexus devices.

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Each Nexus device will receive security updates for three years, and platform updates for two years.

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Samsung recently said it’ll send out regular security patches, about once per month.

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And LG said it will send monthly security updates to carriers so they can make them available to users.

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Some wireless carriers are jumping on board too.

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Sprint said it will send updates to a handful of Nexus and Samsung devices as well.

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Thankfully, all of these companies are moving to fix the vulnerability faster than they usually do.

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And adding monthly security fixes should help protect users from massive vulnerabilities like Stagefright in the future.

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