HomesecurityOne billion Android devices vulnerable to hacking attacks

One billion Android devices vulnerable to hacking attacks

According to the company Which?, over one billion Android Appliances are vulnerable to hacking attacks, as are no longer protected from updates security.

That means a huge number users around the world, it is at risk, as attackers can steal data, install malicious software on devices, request ransom, and more.

According to Which? users most concerned about are those who use it Android phones released in 2012 and earlier.

Which one? mentioned that he had informed her Google for risk, but her answer didn't reassure her.

Google data shows that 42,1% of Android users are using version 6.0 of the operating system or even earlier.

However, according to the Android security bulletin, in 2019, no security patches were released for Android versions prior to version 7.0.

Based on these data, which one? concluded that two out of five users Android no longer receives security updates.

The company then tested five phones:

  • Motorola X
  • Samsung Galaxy A5
  • Sony Xperia Z2
  • LG / Google Nexus 5
  • Samsung Galaxy S6

Which one? asked her Comparative AV, which offers anti-virus services, infect the above phones with malware. The result was to cause multiple infections at Smartphones, since they had no protection.

As we said above, Which? informed her Google about the problem but the technology company did not provide any assurance that it had a plan to help users who are not protected by security updates.

Which one? stressed that both Google and other companies need to be more precise as to how long smart devices will receive updates security.


Phone companies also need to provide support to their customers when security updates are no longer available.

Which strain? said it is too much worrying that many expensive Appliances Android has such a short life span, since they no longer receive security updates, leaving millions of users at the mercy of hackers.

"Phone manufacturers and Google they need to be precise about security updates - with clear information about how long they will last and what customers should do when they stop being released ”.

According to the company, governments they also have to put pressure on manufacturers and technology Companies on consumer safety.

How do you check if your phone is vulnerable and what you can do?

  • If you have an Android device for more than two years, check to see if it can be updated to a newer version of the operating system. If you're running an older version of Android 7.0 Nougat, try updating it device following the procedure below: Settings> System> Advanced> System Update.
  • If you can't update, phone you are vulnerable to hacking attacks, especially if you're running Android 4 or later.
  • If this is the case, you should be very careful when downloading apps, especially from stores outside of Google Play Store.
  • You also need to be careful with suspicious SMS or MMS messages.
  • Create backups at least two parts (hard disk and cloud service).
  • Install one mobile anti-virus, but keep in mind that the options are limited to older phones.

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