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Do you still have the Android text hacking bug?

Do you still have the Android text hacking bug?
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Stagefright is one of the biggest threats ever to Android smartphones. This malware, which takes over your smartphone with just one text message, affects more than 950 million Android devices.

We first told you about this a few weeks ago. Google was quick to issue a patch for its Nexus phones. But hundreds of millions of Android users use a smartphone from a third-party manufacturer. Meaning, Stagefright patches have to be issued for each manufacturer, which takes time.

There's good news now on this front. The list of Android smartphones with Stagefright patches is long, fortunately.

Among phones with Stagefright patches are: Moto G and X models, Nexus 4 to 10 phones, Samsung Galaxy S3 to S6, and Samsung Galaxy Note 3, 4 and other models. Also on the list are some Alcatel, ASUS, OnePlus One, HTC One and HTC Desire models, and the LG G Flex 2.

Note: To prevent malware like Stagefright, you can disable your phone's auto-retrieve text message option. In many phones: Go to Settings, then Disable Auto-Retrieve MMS.

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