29% of Android phones not getting security updates

Warning for Android users

CHARLOTTE, NC (WBTV) - Each year Google performs an annual security report on the Droid operating system for smart phones.  Its most recent review found roughly 29% of phone users are not receiving important security upgrades.

It is because only phones running the most up to date version of software automatically get those security patches.  In some cases many manufacturers are not sending out timely updates and some users do not have their phones set up to automatically receive the patches.

WBTV Cyber Expert and CEO of Fortalice Solutions, Theresa Payton says if you run the latest and greatest software, you are probably okay but Google admits that any phone running older versions is not automatically getting the updates.

Payton's advice follows:

1.  talk to your service provider and ask them if you can receive the latest operating system

2.  update all security settings

3.  consider running antivirus or antimalware software on your phone (Sophos has a free & easy to use version)

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