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Old 07-06-2013, 03:39 PM
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99% of all Android devices vulnerable to hacking or being completely taken over remotely by cyber criminals?
I have a Google phone now, and this is a very disturbing news
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Old 07-07-2013, 09:24 AM
 
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elnina,

Might want to joint this thread with the one a few clicks down in the forum. Same topic.

While noteworthy, certainly isnt an epidemic by any means. I can tell you that this is nothing to worry about for 99% of the things most average consumers will use the phone for.
Companies like the one mentioned spend countless hours exploiting OS's, software etc. Its how they make their money. I have worked directly with several of them and the honest truth is, from a technical standpoint, they have found an exploit, but really its needle in a haystack kind of stuff and MUST fit exact parameters for the exploit to work.

If anything, one thing to take away is that NEVER depend on technology so much that you cant back out of it and feel like your whole life will come to a halt. In other words, you should know how to back up your phone in case you need to factory reset and restore it whenever you want. Or simply switch phones and not feel the 'everything is on that phone' syndrome. That is not a good place to be when we are relying THAT much on devices for as helpful of a tool as they are.

"Master Key" to Android phones discovered.
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Old 07-07-2013, 11:26 PM
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^^^ Thank you for the link!
I do back up my phone and know the security procedures.
But this phone is so different from Nokia I had for many years, and the direct connection through google+ to my home computer simply scares me. I already stopped some apps from direct linking to my computer, and I don't do any sensitive stuff ( banking, shopping) from my phone. However I do it from my home computer and right now, until I figure out how to protect my home computer from being direct sync, and connected to the phone I just feel very uneasy using the google phone (that by the way was a gift - I rather would stay with Nokia, but it got pretty slow and no updates on software). Maybe I am wrong, but I am assuming that whoever hack my phone would also hack my home computer, because they are in sync.
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Old 07-08-2013, 12:36 AM
 
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99% of all Android devices vulnerable to hacking or being completely taken over remotely by cyber criminals?
I have a Google phone now, and this is a very disturbing news
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This flaw - which affects apps installed from non Google sources
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Old 07-08-2013, 12:43 AM
 
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I would only download applications directly from the Google Play Store. Problem solved.
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Old 07-08-2013, 01:54 AM
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Yes, that's what I do, and there is also an option to verify apps before installing
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Old 07-08-2013, 11:34 AM
 
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Making sense of the latest Android 'Master Key' security scare | Android Central
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Old 07-08-2013, 11:49 AM
 
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Exactly
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