According to one security company, if you are the user of any Android-powered device, your device could be vulnerable to an attack. But before you panic and throw your Android device in the trash, you can take some precautions to protect your precious gadget. In addition, you can also download free software to pinpoint any vulnerabilities that your Android device may have suffered and correct the problem.
When Chris first posted this information, I immediately took notice. I have three Android-powered toys, two smartphones, and the new Google Nexus 7. Both phones are powered by the older Gingerbread operating system and the Nexus 7 hosts the latest Jelly Bean operating system. I must admit that I was somewhat skeptical of the survey, since I believe I have installed adequate protections on all of my Android devices that I hope will keep the devices totally protected.
But having been a Microsoft Windows user for some 20 years, I know that no system is 100% safe. With this thought in mind, I decided to download Duo’s X-Ray application onto my systems to check for any vulnerabilities. The installation is quick and I was up and running in a few minutes. The scan itself takes less than a minute, and showed that all three of my systems were free from any vulnerabilities. In addition, the application sent a report to my email box, which stated the following:
“My Android device is patched! Check your device for vulnerabilities with X-Ray: http://xray.io /cc @xrayapp”
There is one issue I do have to agree with, and that is how poorly security problems on Android devices has been addressed. Unlike Apple, which controls a tight operating system, Android is scattered and fragmented among numerous carriers and vendors. What further exacerbates the security problems is that these carriers and vendors are not patching their devices in a timely manner. Thus, one can understand why Android users could potentially become the victims of vulnerabilities that the user has no control over. Google has allowed its open source operating system to run on just about any device that is being produced today.
For us Android users, we are at the mercy of the company that makes our phones and/or the carrier that supplies the unit to us, usually involving a two-year contract for many of us. This places us Android users in a position that some of us may recall, when Microsoft wasn’t releasing patches or fixes, on pre-millennium based Windows computers. If you are an Android user, I would highly recommend that you scan your system for vulnerabilities with the Duo software: Duo Security Vulnerability Checker.
Let us know what your results are.
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