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Here’s How Google and Samsung Are Making Your Smartphone More Secure Smartphone image / Android / S6
In the past, patching Android security issues has been very difficult.
There are lots of versions of Android, running on devices made by different companies, running on a handful of wireless carriers.
Which has made the responsibility of updates and security a bit ambiguous.
But the latest security flaw to threaten Android — Stagefright — is changing that.
Stagefright can gain access to an Android device with just a simple text message.
And up to 1 billion Android devices are vulnerable.
“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.
The ease of getting hacked and the amount of vulnerable Android devices make it one of the worst Android bugs to date.
That’s why Samsung and Google have pledged to actively secure their devices going forward.
Google said last week that it’ll make monthly security updates to its Nexus devices.
Each Nexus device will receive security updates for three years, and platform updates for two years.
Samsung recently said it’ll send out regular security patches, about once per month.
And LG said it will send monthly security updates to carriers so they can make them available to users.
Some wireless carriers are jumping on board too.
Sprint said it will send updates to a handful of Nexus and Samsung devices as well.
Thankfully, all of these companies are moving to fix the vulnerability faster than they usually do.
And adding monthly security fixes should help protect users from massive vulnerabilities like Stagefright in the future.
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