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#1 +V-Tech

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Posted 28 August 2013 - 04:08

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Despite some security improvements in recent releases, Android continues to have a major malware problem. The United States Department of Homeland Security has issued a report this summer outlining the threat that malware poses to emergency responders and security personnel who may find their Android devices compromised if they don’t take the proper precautions. The report says that devices that are still running on Android 2.3 Gingerbread are particularly vulnerable to attacks and that users should make sure they have devices with the latest versions of Android installed. The department also recommends that users install at least one Android mobile security suite as well as the Carrier IQ Test app to weed out malicious software.

 

 

http://bgr.com/2013/...curity-patches/

 




#2 Yochanan

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Posted 29 August 2013 - 05:49

...the Carrier IQ Test app...

 

Which one? They're being so specific yet so vague. Either way, most of the reason the vulnerability is there is the mobile carrier's fault for not keeping their stock ROM's up to date. Unless one has an older device that can't handle ICS, there's no reason to be on GB. My 2 year old backup phone can run ICS fine & JB with a little lag.



#3 Growled

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Posted 29 August 2013 - 14:17


The report says that devices that are still running on Android 2.3 Gingerbread are particularly vulnerable to attacks and that users should make sure they have devices with the latest versions of Android installed. 

 

Maybe it's time to upgrade?



#4 Max Norris

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Posted 29 August 2013 - 14:26

A lot of people in general (the 'average user') just don't care about which version they're running. It works, it does what they need to do, they're not going to bother spending money to buy another phone when their current one still works, never mind trying to do an upgrade themselves, if it's even possible on their device. 4.x has been around what, 2 years or so, and a third of the devices out there are still running 2.3 or lower, that's a lot of potential malware targets.

Not that I'm in that bracket mind you, couldn't get rid of my 2.x phone fast enough, hated it. (Do have a tablet stuck on 1.5 forever though lol.)

#5 Growled

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Posted 29 August 2013 - 16:42

Not that I'm in that bracket mind you, couldn't get rid of my 2.x phone fast enough, hated it. (Do have a tablet stuck on 1.5 forever though lol.)

Me either. It was so terrible that I almost when with Apple instead of another Android device.



#6 vcfan

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Posted 29 August 2013 - 16:52

that green robot is one evil bastard



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Posted 29 August 2013 - 17:36

Me either. It was so terrible that I almost when with Apple instead of another Android device.

 

Why I stick with Nexus devices.  I will not choose another type of Android device.





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