If you are an Android smartphone user, then this news is for you. According to a report released by a consumer firm, over 1 billion Android users around the world are facing threats like data privacy and hacking. The latest security updates and built-in protection have not been released for all these smartphones. The consumer firm created the report based on Google data. According to this report, 2 out of every 5 (40%) Android users worldwide have not received the latest security update. Due to lack of latest security updates, these users can be victims of any major data theft or hacking.
Google rolled out its latest operating system Android 10 last year. A new security patch has been rolled out in February for this latest operating system. Not only this, Google also rolls out new security patches every month for Android 9 Pie and Android 8 Oreo to protect users from threats like hacking and data leaks.
Researchers tested several models from Motorola, Sony, Samsung, LG, Google and found that hackers can easily steal the personal information of the users of these devices. Hackers will be able to control the device easily by sending malware to these devices. This risk is particularly high in devices that come with Android Kitkat or earlier operating systems. For most smartphone users, launched in 2012-13, no security update is available now. In such a situation, these devices are the most risky.
Android users should be constantly updating their devices. For this, users can search for the latest update by going to device settings. Users should download and update it if the update is available. Before downloading and installing any security update, users should ensure that their smartphone data is backed up. Also, they should download these updates with Wi-Fi or high speed mobile data connectivity.