The FBI and DHS have warned that Android phones account for 79% of the malware threats, and users should be sure they are updated to a later operating system such as Jelly Bean (Android 4.3.) or Ice Cream Sandwich (Android 4.0.4). According to an Aug. 28 article on the BBC News, there were security vulnerabilities that were addressed in later operating systems.
The Android phones using Gingerbread (Android 2.3.3 through 2.3.7) are the most vulnerable to problems, and should be updated immediately. According to an Aug. 26 article on The Blaze.com, many of these devices cannot be updated to the most recent software because updates are not issued for older, more obscure phones. These devices will need to be replaced.
This information was unclassified but originally released only to EMS, fire departments, police departments, and security personnel. Most departments now rely heavily upon cell phones in their day-to-day operations.
To determine an Android phone’s current operating system, go to: Settings>About Phone>Software Information. To check for updates that apply to the device, go to: Settings>About Phone>Software Update.
An Android phone that is not available for updates to later, safer operating systems should be replaced immediately.
iPhone operating system iOS only accounts for 0.7 of the malware threats, according to the government statistics.