GOOGLE has released a major Android update to fix more than 80 security vulnerabilities.
The tech giant says the “most serious” of those issues is a critical issue affecting Bluetooth.
A vulnerability means the feature could be used by hackers to remotely upload content to your Android smartphone.
Of the 81 errors identified, four were classified as “critical”.
Three of these involve a similar remote code execution bug, while another poses a risk of information being stolen.
A lot of the bugs were also classified as “high” risk.
As soon as an update is made available by your device manufacturer, you should install it immediately.
Manufacturers are notified of issues at least a month before they become public knowledge, so they should have an update ready for you.
“Usability for many issues on Android is made more difficult by improvements in newer versions of the Android platform,” Google said.
“We encourage all users to update to the latest version of Android whenever possible.”
Of course, you can only stay up to date if your device is still capable of receiving monthly Android security updates.
For this you need Android 9 or higher.
Anything older will no longer receive security updates, leaving you open to a whole host of hacks.
If you can update the software to a newer version of Android, do so.
If you can’t do that, maybe it’s time to buy a new smartphone.
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