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Android issues major patch. Are you still at risk?

Android issues major patch. Are you still at risk?
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We told you yesterday about a report from Google's Project Zero security team that revealed the popular Samsung S6 Edge smartphone has, or had, 11 major security flaws. We also explained that in general Android is less secure than Apple's iOS, because manufacturers can add their own apps and changes that might have security problems. Plus, Android gives users more freedom to install potentially malicious apps and change low-level settings.

Since Google released Android, it's been steadily working to fix some of the biggest contributors to poor security, from scanning for malicious apps in the Google Play app store to monthly security updates. In fact, it just released its November security update, and it's an important one.

The biggest fix is for a problem that could let hackers run malicious code on your gadget through email, browsing or text message. This is part of the Stagefright 2.0 flaw we told you about last month.

The patch also fixes security flaws in Android's Bluetooth and Telephony systems. While there haven't been any reports of hackers using any of these flaws, it's still good that they're fixed. Or are they?

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