For Android Users – The Next Stagefright Is Here

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4 Android Security Tips To Try & Keep You Safe

The words Android and security sometimes don’t go together as the user is usually the weakest link. So here are four tips to aid in keeping you safe. Number 1 Check for updates to Android You will find this in Settings and About Device then select Software Update Make sure you update under wifi only – this will save you data Updates are sent down to PROTECT you , don’t ignore them. Number 2 Keep your Apps updated Go to the Google Play Store icon on your device , look for the ” hamburger menu ” select ” My Apps “and press Update  Updates are done to apps to keep you safe and make them perform effectively Number 3 Get your apps from the Google Play Store not third party websites then you will have “some ” guarantee that the apps you have installed maybe safe. Number 4  If you are running Android version 3 or less you may want to buy another phone as updates to your smartphone may never appear which means you will be vulnerable to security risks such as Stagefright. You should be looking at smartphones that run Lollipop  If you want to know whether your… Read More

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Android Vulnerability – Stagefright – 950 Million Phones Are At Risk

v:* {behavior:url(#default#VML);} o:* {behavior:url(#default#VML);} w:* {behavior:url(#default#VML);} .shape {behavior:url(#default#VML);} Normal 0 false false false false EN-US JA X-NONE /* Style Definitions */ table.MsoNormalTable {mso-style-name:”Table Normal”; mso-tstyle-rowband-size:0; mso-tstyle-colband-size:0; mso-style-noshow:yes; mso-style-priority:99; mso-style-parent:””; mso-padding-alt:0cm 5.4pt 0cm 5.4pt; mso-para-margin:0cm; mso-para-margin-bottom:.0001pt; mso-pagination:widow-orphan; font-size:12.0pt; font-family:Cambria; mso-ascii-font-family:Cambria; mso-ascii-theme-font:minor-latin; mso-hansi-font-family:Cambria; mso-hansi-theme-font:minor-latin; mso-ansi-language:EN-US;}A new vulnerability in Android smartphones , named “Stagefright” has placed almost one billion users (95% of Android devices ) at risk that allows hackers to remotely access a device by simply sending a multimedia text message. Dubbed Stagefright , it is the biggest smartphone flaw discovered and considered highly dangerous, as hackers are able to exploit it without the need for user interaction. So What Would Happen ? Once the attackers get in, they would be able do anything — copy data, delete it, take over your microphone and camera to monitor your every word and move So How Does It Happen ? To compromise your Android handset, all a hacker needs is your phone number, Then, they can send a specially-crafted media file via MMS (Multimedia Messaging Service ) text message that will remotely execute the code and compromise the device. To make matters worse you don’t even need to view the media file: when the message is… Read More

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