Thursday, February 07, 2013

Washington Post reports on major problems in Android mobile security

Craig Timberg has a major story in the Washington Post on Thursday February 7, 2013, “’Fragmentation’ leaves Android phones vulnerable to hackers, scammers”, link here.   
There is a specific issues with the Android operating system that leaves consumers vulnerable to certain kinds of phishing, and it’s not clear whether Verizon or Google is responsible for the fix.

The article discusses the danger that smart phone users could be “stalked” physically by hackers, but this is probably very unlikely for the average user, but possibly a real problem for corporate executives who don’t have “Secret Service” level security on their phones. 

I have a Motorola Droid (from early 2012) with about a year or less remaining on my contract, with Verizon.  I have been averaging about one unsolicited “junk” text every two days, not enough to raise my bill, but a potential problem if it grows. 

Here is an hour long video by Google Development on Android security from 2012.

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