(ANSA) – MILAN – From next September, almost a third of smartphones with the Android operating system will be at security risk. The experts of Bitdefender, a cybersecurity company, say this, which analyzed the devices running Bitdefender Mobile Security on Android to understand the distribution of the operating system over the entire range and the level of effective cybersecurity. Terminals with Android account for about 70% of the global mobile market, but when versions start to become obsolete, with Google no longer supporting them, hackers can take advantage to break through the defenses. The oldest Android still supported by Google is version number 10, which will reach the end of its life cycle in September 2022. At that point, 35% of devices with such software will be without updates.
“When users choose a new smartphone, they usually consider screen size, ease of use, processing power, image quality, and many other features. Unfortunately, the length of the software’s security support is rarely a decisive factor in the choice “they explain from Bitdefender. “If a manufacturer stops supporting a device, the user is free to use it, but when a vulnerability is discovered, the company will no longer apply the patches and, although the phone still performs its functions, it becomes extremely vulnerable. Outdated and unsupported devices are among the best friends of cybercriminals, especially those still in use. We can still find phones with versions of Android launched a decade ago, a real nightmare for those involved in security. ” (HANDLE).