Reportedly 44 percent of users still use an Android version between 2.3.3 and 2.3.7. That’s why, an American agency warns of the security risks and gives concrete tips for user’s protection. As developed from a document of the U.S. Department of Homeland Security, the U.S. agency sees many serious security threats in Android. This is above all due to the very often used older Android versions.The document quotes an unspecified study, according to which 44 percent of the smartphone users still use an Android version between 2.3.3 and 2.3.7. The code name of that version is Gingerbread which appeared in early 2011 and has high-risk security flaws and vulnerabilities that were fixed in later versions.
In a chart, the Department makes the targeted readers of the document (Police officers, rescue workers, fire fighters, and security personnel ) aware of some high-risk vulnerabilities.
They would make up about half of the Android malwares and send text messages to expensive premium numbers without knowledge and wish of the android users. The officials/civil servants should install an Android security package to protect themselves.
The Department also wrote in the document that these Rootkit malwares hide themselves deep into the system and record the location, the keyboard input and passwords without the knowledge of the Android owner. As a countermeasure “Carrier IQ test” should therefore be installed. The Authority refers thereby mainly to a famous case.
Fake Google-Play offers/invitations:
This Google-play fakes offers and invitations should betray the user into installing infected applications. The Android users should therefore install only authorized apps for their security and follow the instructions of the IT department. Furthermore, the users should install antivirus apps and keep them updated.