Just a few days ago, I told you about a flaw in over 600 million Samsung Galaxy smartphone keyboards that could let hackers listen to your phone calls, read your text messages and track your GPS location. Samsung has finally developed a patch for this serious security issue, and all affected Galaxy owners need to get it now.
The security exploit allows intruders to access Samsung Galaxy S4, S5 and S6 smartphones using public Wi-Fi networks and other unsecure connections. They can then execute code to intrude on your conversations and even install malware on your gadget.
The security exploit was first reported to Samsung months ago by a security company called NowSecure. Samsung then assured the company that it had taken care of the problem, but that wasn't the case.
But after NowSecure discovered Galaxy S6 phones from Verizon and Sprint were still vulnerable, it decided to announce the vulnerability at a hacker conference, forcing Samsung to respond.
When news of the flaw first broke, I told Samsung Galaxy owners to avoid unsecure Wi-Fi networks to protect their phones until Samsung comes out with a patch.
Samsung is pushing out the security update through its Knox security software. You may have Knox automatic updates enabled already, but you can follow these directions to make sure you're phone will get the update.
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, the user may also click Check for updates to manually retrieve any new security policy updates.