We recently came across an article that I felt nicely summarized some of the concerns Android smartphone users might be having as of late. Over at TechCrunch, Ben Dickson put together a recap of some of the serious security flaws that have been exploited in Android devices over the past few months. He went on to point out that despite Android still controlling over 75% of worldwide market share, and often having much more inexpensive offerings, these recent issues have caused some rumblings of worry amongst Android owners. Being an Android owner myself, I thought I would go through some of these threats, and rate how much each one scares me:
Stagefright: This is a flaw that came about in late July, and allows attackers to target a victim’s phone simply by gaining access to their number. This flaw could be exploited on roughly 95% of Android phones at that time of it’s discovery, and allows attackers to gain administrative access to the target’s phone.
Scariness Scale: 9/10 – This one is particularly terrifying because it literally takes no action on the part of the victim for their phone to become infected. I (and many other people, I would assume) like to think that I’m too smart to fall for most easily identifiable attempts to infect my devices; I don’t open sketchy emails or suspicious-looking text messages, and don’t give my personal information out freely. However, the fact that having my phone number simply makes me vulnerable, and that fact that so many phones are at risk makes this security flaw pretty worrisome. Continue Reading →