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More Than 1 Billion Android Devices Vulnerable to Hackers: Report

One billion Android phones and tablets at risk of hacking

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Around one billion Android phones and tablets are vulnerable to hackers as they no longer supported by security updates. Pixabay

Consumer watchdog Which? has claimed that more than one billion Android phones and tablets are vulnerable to hackers as they no longer supported by security updates.This is a breaking news.

According to the research report, the most at-risk phones are any that run Android 4 or older and those smartphones running Android 7.0 which can not be updated are also at risk.

Based on data from Google analysed by Which?, two in five android device users around the world are no longer receiving the important updates. Currently, those devices are unlikely to have issues, but the lack of security leaves them open to attack.

“It is very concerning that expensive Android devices have such a short shelf life before they lose security support, leaving millions of users at risk of serious consequences if they fall victim to hackers,” Kate Bevan editor Which? said in a statement.

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An android user needs to be careful about downloading apps outside the Google Play store and should also install a mobile anti-virus via an app. Pixabay

“Google and phone manufacturers need to be upfront about security updates with clear information about how long they will last and what customers should do when they run out. The government must also push ahead with planned legislation to ensure manufacturers are far more transparent about security updates for smart devices and their impact on consumers,” Kate added.

Phones released around 2012 or earlier, including popular models like the Samsung Galaxy S3 and Sony Xperia S, are particularly at risk to hackers. Which? has made suggestions to users on what to consider if they have an older phone that may be at risk.

Any device which is more than two years old, check whether it can be updated to a newer version of the operating system. If it is on an earlier version than Android 7.0 Nougat, try to update via Settings> System>Advanced System update.

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In case a user is not able tto update the phone, the device could be at risk of being hacked if it is running a version of Android 4 or lower. A user also need to be careful about downloading apps outside the Google Play store and should also install a mobile anti-virus via an app. (IANS)

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Dolby App For iOS, Android Now Available in India For Free

A user can further edit the sound sound "styles" like photo filters in Instagram, these allow users to apply sonic profiles to their recording

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The iOS app also has an in-built live streaming feature for sharing out content to Twitch or Facebook. Wikimedia Commons

Dolby On which is music video recording and streaming app on Friday launched its iOS as well as Android versions in India for free.

The app is designed to easily record and live stream audio and video with superior Dolby sound quality by using only phone.

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According to the company, the Dolby On listens to the sound coming in and automatically applies audio effects like compression, EQ, limiting, noise reduction, stereo widening and more.

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Dolby On which is music video recording and streaming app on Friday launched its iOS as well as Android versions in India for free. Wikimedia Commons

A user can further edit the sound sound “styles” like photo filters in Instagram, these allow users to apply sonic profiles to their recording.

The app aims to enable creators to record and livestream, both audio and video, with exceptional Dolby sound from the comforts of their home, without having to go to a studio, the company addes.

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The iOS app also has an in-built live streaming feature for sharing out content to Twitch or Facebook. (IANS)