Attention Samsung Galaxy Users: Your phone has a big security flaw
As many 600 million Samsung phones may have a security flaw that could allow hackers to monitor the camera and microphone, read incoming and outgoing text messages, and install malicious apps. Fortunately, Samsung says it will release a fix in a few days.
Until then, if you are using a Samsung Galaxy S6, S5 or S4 and probably other Android phones made by the same company, avoid using unsecured Wi-Fi networks, such as the kind you’ll find at a Starbucks or other retail location, until you’ve updated your phone.
The fix will be automatically downloaded to your phone if you’ve enabled auto downloading. To ensure your device receives the latest security updates, Samsung says go to Settings > Lock Screen and Security > Other Security Settings > Security policy updates, and make sure the Automatic Updates option is activated. At the same screen, click on “Check for updates” to manually retrieve any new security policy updates.