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Phone Makers Promise Better Security

Tuesday, August 11th, 2015 by | Filed Under: Android, Security Help, Smartphones
 
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Last week, I told you about Stagefright, a scary flaw that leaves your Android phone vulnerable to malicious attacks. In some circumstances, a hacker could take control of your phone by sending a message that you don’t even have to open.

The flaw has been around for some time, but Android makers seem to have taken their own sweet time patching it. Unlike Windows or Apple, where security patches are issued all at once to every device, Android updates come through the manufacturers on their own timetables.

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Now, Google has announced a change in the way they secure Android devices. Google will offer monthly security updates to its line of Nexus phones. The first update is for Nexus 4,5,6,7 and 10 phones as well as the Nexus Player.

Samsung, makers of the Galaxy line of phones and tablets,  also announced a change in the way they handle security updates. In a blog post, the company said they are implementing a new Android update process that will fast-track security patches as soon as issues are discovered.

They updates will also take place on a monthly basis.  In a statement, the VP of Mobile Research said, “With the recent security issues, we have been rethinking the approach to getting security updates to our devices in a more timely manner. Since software is constantly exploited in new ways, developing a fast response process to deliver security patches to our devices is critical to keep them protected. We believe that this new process will vastly improve the security of our devices and will aim to provide the best mobile experience possible for our users.”

These steps could be the beginning of standard security updates for Android devices.

~ Cynthia

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