REPORT: Millions Of Android Users Vulnerable To Security Breaches
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The July 23 bulletin, obtained by the website Public Intelligence, reveals that Android - as the most widely used mobile OS - continues to be the target of attacks due to "its market share and open source architecture.""44 percent of Android users are still using version 2.3.3 through 2.3.7 - known as Gingerbread - which were released in 2011 and have a number of security vulnerabilities that were fixed in later versions," the bulletin reads.
The bulletin describes some of the threats if the OS isn't updated to the latest, and more secure software. These include viruses that send out text messages without the user's knowledge, and "rootkits," which are able to log user locations and passwords.The current 4.3 version of Android, known as Jelly Bean, is considered much safer - with a built-in feature that allows users to scan installed apps for signs of malicious or dirty code, according to Phandroid.
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