Security Announcement: Android security flaw
A serious security flaw in many Android phones has users worried.
The flaw is a bug in the Qualcomm processors which are found in about 900 million mobile phones. Exploiting the bugs would allow an attacker to gradually be able to take more control over a device and gain access to its data.
Could my phone be effected?
The phones known to be effected are as follows:
- BlackBerry Priv
- Blackphone 1 and Blackphone 2
- Google Nexus 5X, Nexus 6 and Nexus 6P
- HTC One, HTC M9 and HTC 10
- LG G4, LG G5, and LG V10
- New Moto X by Motorola
- OnePlus One, OnePlus 2 and OnePlus 3
- US versions of the Samsung Galaxy S7 and Samsung S7 Edge
- Sony Xperia Z Ultra
The real danger?
At the moment it does not appear that the vulnerability is being used by cyber criminals and it is possible that the security flaw was not yet known to hackers.
What can I do to protect myself?
- Well a bug fix is currently being worked on so ensuring that your device software is always updated to the latest version is a good start. Other than that you can:
- Make sure that you only download apps official Google Play store
- Read permission requests carefully when installing any apps.
- Use known, trusted Wi-Fi networks or while traveling use only those that you can verify are provided by a trustworthy source.
- Avoid side-loading Android apps (.APK files) or downloading apps from third-party sources.
- Examine carefully any app installation request before accepting it to make sure it’s legitimate