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Mobile Monday: Cybersecurity Alliances & Sketchy Android Updates

Posted Apr 16, 2018

Given recent goings on in Europe and in the US Congress, it’s no surprise security is on the minds of users and companies across the mobile industry of late. Users are actively choosing devices and services that they see as protecting their privacy. It’s no wonder we’re looking at a newly formed global cybersecurity alliance and more this Mobile Monday.

Cell Network Security
Last week a number of mobile providers from around the world including Japan’s SoftBank, Singapore’s Singtel, UAE-based Etisalat, and Spain’s Telefónica came together to create the Global Security Alliance to protect against the rising cybersecurity risks faced by telecommunications providers.

The four cellular network operators plan to share intelligence on threats as they emerge and help each other’s subscribers quickly take action in response to threats.

SoftBank Flagship Store in Japan

The global alliance should cover over 38% of the 3.1 billion active smartphones, over 60 countries, and 1.2 billion actual customers.

It remains to be seen how subscribers will be impacted exactly with their individual operators, but with the need to increase security for cloud-based data storage as well as IoT devices, the move is a positive step for

Is Your Android Device Up to Date?
Various Android smartphone manufacturers including Google, Samsung, HTC, Motorola, ZTE and more.are reportedly not being completely straight with their users about missed security patches, according to a report from German security firm Security Research Labs.

Android Security List

The German firm conducted a two-year study of 1,200 Android devices and found a majority of devices had what they referred to as a security “patch gap,” in which the device’s software would claim it was up to date to users when the device was actually security patches.

Of major Android manufacturers, Google, Sony, and Samsung performed best with only a single missed patch on average, but companies like Huawei, HTC, LG, and even Motorola missed up to four patches. It goes without saying that security updates are vital to fixing security flaws, and missed updates put everyone from end-users to developers, publishers, and advertisers alike.

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