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Over a billion Android devices at risk of hacking: Report

A report has revealed that over one billion Android devices are at risk of hacking, and data is no longer secure on these devices. Such vulnerability could put users around the world at risk of data theft, requests for ransom, and other malware attacks.

However, there is a high demand for Android devices as compared to the iOS devices as these devices are capable of fulfilling users’ needs and are available in all the prices that are pocket-friendly, and matches the budget of all types of consumers.

Reports have even confirmed that around 40 percent of Android devices will not be able to receive “vital security updates from Google.”

The Android security bulletin claimed that the devices which are either running on Android 4 or older or on Android 7.0 will not be updated and are at the risk of being hacked.

How to check if your phone is insecure and what you should do?

  1. If you have an Android device that is more than two years old, the first thing you should consider is whether it can be updated to a newer version of the operating system. In case you are running an earlier version than Android 7.0 Nougat, then you should update it by the following step: Settings > System > Advanced System Update.

  2. If you are unable to update, your phone might be at risk of being hacked, particularly if you are running an Android version 4 or lower. If this is the case, you must be very careful about downloading apps outside the Google Play Store

  3. Also, be aware of suspicious SMS or MMS messages.

  4. You must have back up data in at least two places. You can save it in a hard drive or any other device.

  5. You can secure your Android device by installing a mobile anti-virus through an app, but keep in mind that the choice is limited for older phones.

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