A recent study by Google shows that over 1 billion Android devices are vulnerable to attacks as they have been found to be using versions older than 8.0. All the versions are nicknamed after sweet treats. Over 42.1% of people were found to be using Marshmallow which is version 6.0. Version 10, 9.0 (Pie) and 8.0 (Oreo) are the only versions that are still being supported with regular security updates.
Some of the older devices were tested by Which? including a Android devices such as Motorola X and Sonia Xperia Z2. All the phones were found to be susceptible to a variety of vulnerabilities including Bluefrag, Stagefright and Joker, all of which are not new and have been around for a while. From version 4.4.2 (KitKat) – 8 (Oreo) All of them were susceptible to all of these attacks apart from Oreo.
It is huge security issue. However, there are steps you can take if you still happen to be using a phone that isn’t able to update. Backing up your data would be good idea even if you’re not worried about getting your phone hacked, just incase your phone is damaged or stolen. You may also want to consider running a mobile anti-virus product on your device.
If you have any questions about how best to keep your data secure, we’ll be happy to help.