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32 percent of Android users run 4.0 or older, vulnerable to exploit

Study shows a frightening amount of Android users are vulernable to major exploit, are much less concerned with security in general than iPhone users

By: Sean Ridgeley from Jan 21, 2016 @ 13:00 CST

A new study from Duo Labs has revealed some concerning data on security pertaining to Android users.


It turns out 32 percent of them run version 4.0 of the operating system or older. This is especially worrisome because this makes them more susceptible to the Stagefright vulnerability, unlike later versions which added or supported security features to fight it.

The team also found 1 in 3 Android owners do not use lockscreen passcodes, compared to iPhone owners who are apparently much more concerned about security (1 in 20 don't use a lockscreen passcode). More, just 10 percent of Android phones utilize pre-boot passcode device encryption; 20 percent are running 5.1.1 and not 6.0.1, and 5 percent are jailbroken (versus 0.4 percent of jailbroken/rooted iPhones).

Duo Labs is recommending manufacturers make it so missing security updates are detected, at which point users are prompted to download them. As well, they urge Google to deploy updates on its Nexus devices more frequently and directly, since there's less red tape involved. In the meantime, you can download its X-Ray tool to scan for vulnerabilities.


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