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Samsung Phones: A Hacker’s Delight

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You?d think that with today?s age, smartphone developers would be more careful with their Android-format phones.

In the digital age, with the advent of more stringent security measure (such as those seen in Apple devices) comes even more creative hacking tactics. At the click of a link or at the provision of a password, you might accidentally be giving the hacker access into your account, Web-based or otherwise. This is the problem with smartphones?unlike computers, they can only provide so much protection. Take Samsung?s case for example.

Even this article from CBS News about the Samsung app ?Find my Mobile?s vulnerability to attackers is relevant. With the openness of Android, hackers found a way to tap into this app and control a phone that they want for any reason whatsoever from afar. This proves this article from Thai Tech all the more relevant?could the case of easy hacking be inherent with Android phones? That?s what we?re going to take a look at.

Samsung?s Woes

In October of last year, Samsung?s Find my Mobile service was placed in the spotlight because of a perceived error when checking the location of a phone.

While this Digital Trends report says that the issue has since been fixed, it?s a scary prospect to have a supposed-security feature on your phone used as a gateway by hackers. As per the CBS News article, the Samsung app Find my Mobile was used by hackers to remotely force their way into a user?s phone. It was an app designed to make it easy to find your phone remotely. While it has since been fixed, that it was used by hackers only shows how smartphones could be hacked.

It?s not a good thing that an app your phone comes with could be used to hack into it. Who knows what you?re hiding in your phone? With such a problem like this, you shouldn?t store your personal information and documents in your phone.

Android-based vulnerability

Even after the Samsung phone hoopla, developers still haven?t learned their lesson.

According to the Thai Tech report, devices running the Android Lollipop version are supposed to come out-of-the-box with full encryption activated at first boot akin to Apple?s phones. However, the problem is that the current hardware available to these phones aren?t able to cope with the full encryption, thereby affecting the processing speed. While the phones have the option to become encrypted at the behest of the owner, manufacturers have heeded Google?s advice to leave the encryption option to users, at least until better tech becomes available that will let phones be able to cope with the encryption.

This means that phones will at least be vulnerable to attacks until better processors become available. This is sad, sad news; tech shortcomings could become blamed as attacks on phones happen.

A Secure Future

Knowing the rising threat levels of attacks, manufacturers and Google alike should learn from past mistakes. On Google?s part, they should take a page out of Apple to enable security provisions in their code?even as manufacturers include security options into their phones out-of-the-box; ones that wouldn?t affect the phone?s over-all performance.


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