With over 1 billion Android devices, a security firm has shown how a simple vulnerability could affect over 95 percent of Android devices.
The “Stagefright” vulnerability for Android phones exploits via a simple text message giving the cyber criminals full access to your device. The bad news is most phones will not be patched anytime soon as manufacturers work on closing this security hole.
Unfortunately Android software has been susceptible to security flaws for years as it is an open design compared to Apple’s iOS.
How do I protect myself from Stagefright vulnerability?
If you’re using Google Hangouts as your default SMS client, you need to disable automatic downloading of media files sent via MMS.
To disable Auto Retrieve MMS in the default SMS client on the Samsung Galaxy S6, go to:
- Messages app
- More settings
- Multimedia messages
- Auto retrieve
By disabling Auto Retrieve MMS, you will partially mitigate this vulnerability until an official patch release.
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