With the increased use of Android Phones, Tablets, and other mobile devices, our society becomes increasingly dependent on these forms of technology to get through their daily lives. Many of the software programs and applications offered through these devices to allow an increased ease of connectivity, personal management, and living. You can manage your finances, invest in your stock portfolio, all while keeping in touch with our job or children. The benefits of these mobile devices are myriad but in recent years there’s been a lot of talk about the privacy issues concerning many of the forms of technology that we currently use.
Even though our relationship with technology is becoming more personal and idyllic for larger portions of society, there are still some very real concerns over privacy and data theft/hacking that’s gotten a lot of attention in the press lately. It’s likely that the only reason why hackers and malware is so prevalent is because is simply because so many people are now using these forms of technology.
In fact, Google recently announced that “more than 90 percent of Android users are running older versions of the mobile operating system that contain serious kernel vulnerabilities. That gives attackers an easy way to bypass Android’s security sandbox, which is supposed to limit the data and resources each app is allowed to access.”
Cell phone providers don’t want customers to freak out or quit using these forms of technology. It’s not that difficult to protect yourself against various forms of malware and hackers that are trying to gain access your your personal and sensitive data. It’s important for mobile users to update their software regularly and resist downloading suspicious or unsupported apps and software.
Norton, the mobile and computer software company, recently issued a statement to all mobile users that it’s not that hard to keep your information safe. It should be the practice of every Android and mobile users to read the list of permissions that an Android app requests before you do any installation. For example, if you’re installing a game, it doesn’t need to have access to your email or contact list. This is a big red flag. Users simply need to get smarter with what and who they give permission to and the apps that they download.