Last month, Google decided not to fix a security hole in the default browser of older versions of the Android operating system. Users with phones and tablets running on Android 4.3 Jelly Bean and older will have to live with the known bug in the web browser. Google’s decision leaves 60% of Android users—almost one billion people—exposed to hackers and other security issues.
Google’s chief of security for Android, Adrian Ludwig, says that fixing the vulnerability in the older versions of Android is no longer practical to do safely. With so many people running different versions of the same operating system, it becomes more complicated to protect everyone. Google released the most recent version of the operating system in November of 2014, but only one-tenth of one percent of Android devices uses it.
Security experts say that hackers will be able to easily target the large number of people still using the older operating systems with the security flaw. One expert says he understands Google’s decision because of the difficulties in updating old code, but hopes they will rethink their choice because of the millions of people who depend on Android to safeguard the personal details of their lives.
Google’s decision highlights the importance of protecting your personal data on all of your devices. Not only are computers susceptible to cyber threats, but also phones and tablets. As evidenced by Google, you cannot always rely on a company to fix every issue for you. The best way to protect your technology is to keep the operating systems as up-to-date as possible.
To find out how you can keep your devices and your company’s important information secure, visit the Cyber Threats section of your portal. In addition, you can contact your Client Services representative for more information on our various Cyber Security offerings.
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