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Update your Android! Patch fixes security vulnerabilities

With great technology comes great…opportunities for hackers to get your personal information. Regardless of whether you are using a tablet, a smartphone or computer to store private information, the internet comes with risks. Tap or click here to find out how millions of routers are at risk of being hacked.

One of the easiest ways to be exposed to risks is by not downloading critical updates that allow gaps in your device’s security features to be addressed.

If you own an Android phone, the newest operating system (OS) update is one you won’t want to miss. Keep reading to find out why it’s important to update your Android now to patch several security vulnerabilities.

October’s security patch

The October OS Android update addresses 10 issues ranging in different levels of criticalness. The most significant flaw is an opening in the media framework that allowed hackers to access your Android phone remotely.

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Other items the update addresses include security issues related to Android runtime and the Android framework. The issues being addressed are of high importance because they could leave openings for hackers to steal your private information.

This means if you store credit card information or personal details like your date of birth on your phone, these could be easily stolen without this latest update.

Who can get the current update?

The October update is important, but unfortunately, it’s not available to everyone yet. Currently, the patch is available for the following Google Pixel phones:

  • Pixel 3
  • Pixel 3a
  • Pixel 4
  • Pixel 4a and Pixel 4a 5g
  • Pixel 5
  • Pixel 5a

If you have one of the phones listed, you should download the update immediately. Here’s how:

  • Open Settings
  • Select System
  • Choose Advanced
  • Tap System Update
  • Your phone will check for the latest update

Keeping the software on your smartphone regularly updated is a must to keep hackers at bay. Looking for other tips to keep scammers from getting your information? Here are 20 security secrets hackers don’t want you to know.

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