Android Smartphone Users: Avoid Public Wifi Networks

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Three computer researchers say they have discovered a major privacy flaw with Android smartphones that may lead to attacks over unencrypted wifi networks. This article on CNN points out that “users of Android devices running versions 2.3.3 and below could be susceptible to attack when they are connected to unencrypted wifi networks. Anyone else on that network could gain access to, modify or delete Android users’ calendars, photos, and contacts.” Just 3% of Android users have the latest versions of the operating system, but a Google spokesperson says the company is working on fixing the problems for all users.

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Elaine Rigoli

Elaine Rigoli is PRIVATE WiFi’s manager of digital content strategy.