Measure the hidden risks of hacking your Android device: Vital diagnostic scan to keep devices safe

Measure the hidden risks of hacking your Android device: Vital diagnostic scan to keep devices safe

With the Optus hack attack sparking new data security concerns across the country, Android users are once again urged to perform security checks on their devices due to the vulnerability of the common operating system to hackers and malware.

For example, there are Android malware such as Ads Blocker, which works in the format CNET indicatespromises to block pop-ups, but instead simply display more ads that pay app developers to flood your screen with.

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Then there is something more serious Man In The Middle (MITM) attackswhere a hacker can create a fraudulent WiFi disguised as a harmless public network like the one usually provided to patrons in a coffee shop or shopping mall.

However, once an Android user joins it, the hacker has full access to the device and can either log keystrokes or install more Android malware.

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So why are Android users at greater risk? It comes down to the fact that the operating system is based on Linux and partially open source, which means that it can be modified by anyone.

In contrast, Apple’s iOS is closed source. The same point of difference is what makes Android currently the most popular system in the world with 2.5 billion active users on devices made by a number of different companies, such as Samsung, Oppo and Motorola. Meanwhile, Apple’s iOS is completely limited to Apple devices.

But there is an easy diagnostic test Android users can run on their devices to highlight the amount of hacking risk they are exposed to.

Simply head over to your device’s Settings section and click on the Security tab.

At the top of the page is a small chart showing the security status of the device, with the following classifications:

  • No problems found: No security issues on your device or Google account (usually marked inside a green circle)
  • Security can be improved: You have security recommendations (usually marked inside a green circle)
  • Security may be at risk: Please review our security recommendations and take action to secure your account or device (this label will be marked with an exclamation point inside an amber circle)
  • Security at risk: There are serious security issues that require your attention, please review our security recommendations and take action to secure your account or device (this label will also contain an exclamation point but inside a red alert red circle)

The two highest ratings with a green circle indicate that the device has good security and no vulnerabilities were found.

But if the ratings fail to get the literal green light, Google will give you recommendations to help bolster your security.

This can either be a weak password reset or a quick review of logins on the device, to verify that the user did it all on purpose.

In the latter, Google recommends immediate action if any logins to your account appear out of the ordinary.

Unsurprisingly, Google also supports installing the latest update on software systems due to its potential for new security upgrades.

Police are searching for hackers involved in the Optus hack.

Police are searching for hackers involved in the Optus hack.

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