Why your smartphone may be vulnerable to hacking

No doubt, applications add functionality to smartphone. In fact, they make life easier-going. The caveat is also that they increase the risk of data breach, especially if they are downloaded from websites or messages, instead of an app store

Hiddеn inѕidе applications, even оnеѕ thаt wоrk, соuld be mаliсiоuѕ code that lets hackers ѕtеаl dаtа.

But, you need to learn a new lesson today. When it comes to protecting yourself against hackers, step one is always to install software updates as soon as they become available: that’s as true on smartphones as it is on computers.

Unfortunately, some smartphones, especially on android OS, are running a version older than two years!

Choosing a smartphone that can stand its ground in the face of increasing cyber security threats is important then.

Mobile phones which only functioned as a means of placing calls conveniently have now grown to become a big part of the daily life of users.

Mobile phones have now evolved to become smart, as we now call them ‘smartphones’. Today, about 2.71 billion people own a smartphone globally.

The smartphone ownership paradigm is, however, shifting from the latest specs and hardware to actual device experience over time.

More users long for devices with OS upgrades, ensuring they benefit from all the latest software features, ensuring their phone experience will keep getting better over time.

Choosing a smartphone that can stand its ground in the face of increasing cyber security threats is important too.

Surprisingly, more than half of Android devices are running a version of Android older than two years, meaning they face potential vulnerabilities through lack of updates.

So, before you buy that smartphone, be sure that updating the software will not be tiresome and intrusive process. All the same, a huge proportion of successful hacks exploit vulnerabilities that have already been patched; exposing yourself unnecessarily is just daft.

I’d also strongly advise against using unofficial tools to “root” your phone (known as “jailbreaking” on iOS), unless you know exactly what you’re doing. On a rooted phone, technical safeguards can be defeated, allowing apps to perform all sorts of actions that are normally prohibited – and that can include snooping on your personal data.

One of the Mobile Phone brands that has evolved over time and now provide the best and most secure Android experience to fans is Nokia (HMD Global),

HMD Global has made promise to deliver the latest version of Android and 3 years of monthly security updates for each and every smartphone, making sure you can enjoy your device with complete peace of mind.

HMD Global’s representative, Tayo Obnaike reiterated in a recent chat with TechEconomy.ng that “All Nokia smartphones come out of the box with a pure version of Android that delivers the best experience possible; bringing you Android, just as Google designed it to be. They also provide you with two years of Android platform upgrades. All Nokia smartphones from the Nokia 3 can be updated with the latest Android 9 Pie”.

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Continuing, Obnaike said, “Your phone should adapt to you, and Nokia smartphones learn more and last longer. With software that leverages the power of artificial intelligence and features. Adaptive Battery learns how you use your device and prioritizes battery power for apps and services you care about, minimizing battery consumption.

“Adaptive Brightness also actively learns how you set brightness and automatically adjusts for power efficiency, saving battery life and a whole lot of fiddling.

One other feature of the Nokia latest smartphones like Nokia 3.2 is the Google Assistant; always ready to help.

The more you use it, the more useful it gets. From planning your day to directions home, there is also a dedicated Google Assistant Button to make it even easier to access on the go – all using just your voice.

The newly released Nokia 3.2 and Nokia 4.2 come with a dedicated Google assistant button, so whether at home or on-the-go, the dedicated Google Assistant Button helps get things done, just a press away.

“Over the past two years Nokia phones have received over 300 security updates, and with almost the entire portfolio now running the latest Android 9 Pie. Ensuring the experience keeps getting better with time”, Obnaike re-echoed.

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