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Linux & Android => Security News, breaches and patches => Topic started by: ssfc72 on March 06, 2020, 04:38:00 am

Title: Old Android phones security article
Post by: ssfc72 on March 06, 2020, 04:38:00 am
https://www.bbc.com/news/technology-51751950

Another good article about the lack of security updates on older Android phones. No security updates were issued in 2019 for any Android OS, below 7.0
42% of Android users worldwide are on Android version 6.0 or below.
Title: Re: Old Android phones security article
Post by: Jason Wallwork on March 06, 2020, 12:23:26 pm
Insightful link, ssfc.

I looked it up and apparently 6.0 was released in 2015. So it wasn't that long ago, looking at in desktop OS terms, but for the mobile market, four years is a long time. Most people probably get new phones/tablets every 2-3 years which isn't a good thing for pocketbooks or the environment. It doesn't help that newer apps require more RAM, storage and better processors as the years pass. And developers who want to use newer features available only in recent OS releases.

I think many of us use our phones until they don't support the apps we use, are too slow or the battery is spent. This article highlights the possible dangers in that approach. This was the most interesting part:

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"Kate Bevan, Which? Computing editor, said: "It's very concerning that expensive Android devices have such a short shelf life before they lose security support, leaving millions of users at risk of serious consequences if they fall victim to hackers.

"Google and phone manufacturers need to be upfront about security updates - with clear information about how long they will last and what customers should do when they run out."

I totally agree.