A brand new report by Which? Has revealed that over a billion Android devices are actually vulnerable as a result of they don’t get security updates by Google. The report states that these devices are vulnerable to all types of threats, together with these that may lead to the theft of non-public information. The report paints a moderately grim image for the destiny of Android customers, however there’s one other perspective to the story.
The report goes on to paint a scary image to a appreciable size of the story, to lastly reveal that the devices in query are Android devices launched in 2012 (or earlier than). That’s devices more than seven years previous. Typically, Google, and different OEMs promise security updates for up to 2 years. Google formally made this follow necessary in 2018. The report additionally states that if a smartphone is working a model of Android launched earlier than Android 8, the devices could be vulnerable too.
If we take into account the state of iOS devices, it was the iPhone 5 that was launched in 2012 and Apple’s present model of iOS doesn’t assist it. In reality, iOS 10, which was launched in 2016, was the final model of iOS to assist iPhone 5, imply that the system (and people earlier than it) have been with out security updates for three years or more. In reality, Apple’s present iOS 13 solely goes way back to the iPhone 6s, launched in 2015, leaving all telephones launched earlier than it, with none updates, security-based or in any other case.
The report by Which? does additionally point out that they acquired Android devices that have been solely three years previous, however weren’t eligible to run something increased than Android 7, leaving them devoid of the latest security patches. However once more, it was in 2018 that Google mandated OEMs to present a minimal of two years price of security updates to Android devices. What has turn out to be clear, nonetheless, is that persons are both nonetheless holding onto their previous devices or shopping for older smartphones, to start with. This signifies that the two-year assure of security patches is simply not lengthy sufficient. Given that smartphones are quick turn out to be the centre of all our actions, private, monetary and even skilled. Securing them must be the foremost precedence of these making them.