May 13, 2022

Your online security and privacy depend on more than just Google’s work

By Jerry Hildenbrand published 20 days ago

All the smart parts inside your phone need regular attention and these companies are helping to tend to them.

Android dudes

(Image credit: Jerry Hildenbrand / Android Central)

Google and the companies that make phones using Android have gotten pretty good about keeping everything updated to protect our online security and privacy. Mostly. These are the important updates, even if they aren’t the glamorous kind.

A lot of work goes into an Android Security update. Probably more than you think, and from more companies than you realize, too. When you get right down to the brass tacks, those companies you aren’t thinking about are doing the most work and play the most important role.

So many smart parts

Snapdragon 8 Gen 1
(Image credit: Qualcomm)

Your phone isn’t just a hunk of metal and glass filled with Android magic. It’s built using thousands of different parts, many of which run a bit of code inside of them so they can operate. One of the most important of these parts is, of course, the SoC (System on a Chip) inside. The chip is not only the most powerful part of a phone, it’s usually the most vulnerable when it comes to exploits that affect our security and privacy.Sponsored LinksThe Cost of Apartments for Sale in Dubai Might Totally Surprise YouApartments for Sale in Dubai | Search Ads

Case in point: Check Point Research just released some news about a vulnerability (it’s since been patched or is being patched on all affected devices) inside the chips that power about two-thirds of every Android device

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