Report Shows 40% Android Smartphones Could Be At Risk, This Is Why
March. 11, 2020
Which?, a consumer watchdog, has found that more than 1 billion Android devices are potentially vulnerable to attack – simply because they are running an older version of the OS.
My Broadband reports that researchers found 40% of Android users are no longer receiving security updates. This puts their devices at risk of data theft, malware infestation, and other attacks.
“Anyone using an Android phone released around 2012 or earlier – including popular models like the Samsung Galaxy S3 and Sony Xperia S, should be especially concerned since it’s likely they will be running a version of Android that does not include various security enhancements Google has been rolling out since,” the watchdog says.
Devices that only recently lost security support in the form of Android updates will not encounter security problems immediately. The risk of these users being hacked will only increase going forward, however, says Which?.
“It’s very concerning that expensive Android devices have such a short shelf life before they lose security support – leaving millions of users at risk of serious consequences if they fall victim to hackers,” said Which? Computing editor Kate Bevan.
-IT News Africa