Friday, 31 July 2015

Android Phone and MMS Message flaw

You may have seen lots of news stories about a potential security flaw within Android phones which allows criminals to sneak malware into your phone.

According to reports I have seen, this flaw doesn't affect SMS/Text Messages.

But it does affect MMS, which are picture messages.

The advice I've read is to not allow any MMS to load onto your phone unless you know who it's from. The malware can use Google Hangouts to sneak in, because Hangouts pre-loads images automatically, which means installing the virus without you even knowing!

Might be a good idea to turn Hangouts off, or uninstall it for now.

Google is reported to have a fix for this flaw, and now waiting on the handset manufacturers to upgrade their phone systems (meaning an upgrade to be sent to us with Androids), and this can take some time.

Meanwhile, don't open any strange MMS. And if you send pictures, especially for a business or club, it's probably better putting the image on facebook or instagram or your website, and putting a link (URL) to that image instead of sending out the image itself via your phone.

For SMS Express customers, our system doesn't allow MMS anyway. But there's no reason why you can't put a URL/LINK in your text message, and send customers/members/staff to your website to view the image if they wish.

As always, feel free to call us on 1300 668 287 if you have any questions.

Here's a link to an article about the malware:
http://ktar.com/2015/07/30/how-to-avoid-falling-victim-to-major-android-security-flaw/