No matter what kind of Android phone you use, it is hard to escape Google’s presence. It is embedded in the OS your phone runs, and through it in every app you use. Google Services provide supplemental functionality to the various third-party apps running on your phone. And while there are plenty of cool and useful features Google Services make possible, they are undoubtedly a plague for one thing – privacy.
A quickly rising threat is hiding within literally thousands of Android apps available on various app stores, CSO Online has recently reported. It's dubbed DressCode and is particularly dangerous because it can infiltrate whatever internet network the infected device connects to.
No matter how much you try to secure a normal smartphone, it will still remain a normal smartphone. This was proved yet again by security researcher Jon Sawyer, who's discovered a backdoor in Android firmware provided by manufacturer Foxconn. The vulnerability allows attackers to root devices to which they have physical access. In other words, to take full control over the device.
A newly found crack in mobile security puts encrypted Android devices in danger. As proven by security expert Gal Beniamini, the standard full disk encryption (FDE) scheme in Android has a major weak point, which could entirely render this layer of protection useless.
Today Android holds over 80% of the global smartphone market. This, logically, attracts a whole lot of hackers and cybercriminals, just like it is with Windows. The larger the ocean, the more the fish.