Update your Samsung phone NOW – urgent fix stops hackers hijacking your device

SAMSUNG Galaxy owners are being told to install a vital update to avoid their device facing critical vulnerabilities.

The tech giant's September 2020 security updates include significant security patches as well as improvements to the Samsung keyboard and Messages app.

One of the important patches is said to fix the CVE-2020-0245 vulnerability.

This issue left the Media Framework vulnerable, meaning hackers could remotely run malicious code on a device.

The Android September 2020 security bulletin explained: "The most severe vulnerability in [the Media Framework] section could enable a remote attacker using a specially crafted file to execute arbitrary code within the context of a privileged process."

In total the update actually fixes three critical flaws and 20 high risk vulnerabilities.

To make sure you've got the update on your Samsung Galaxy device, follow the steps below.

How to update a Samsung Galaxy

Samsung explains how to check for updates on a Galaxy advice on its website.

For users of Android 9 and above, go to "Settings" and open "Software update".

Then click "Download and install".

Your phone may have already automatically downloaded the update if you have this setting turned on.

Some Samsung Galaxy users are also still waiting for the new Android 11 update.

Android 11 comes with its own bug fixes as well as some new and exciting features.

Samsung – a brief history

Here’s what you need to know…

  • Samsung is a major South Korean company made up of many businesses that operate globally
  • It's known locally as a "chaebol", which means "business conglomerate"
  • It was founded by Lee Byung-chul in 1938 as a trading company
  • But over several decades, it branched out into food processing, insurance, textiles and retail
  • It wasn't until the late 1960s when Samsung entered the electronics industry – for which it's best known in the west today
  • It also launched businesses in construction and shipbuilding in the 1970s
  • Today, Samsung's most important sources of income are its smartphones and computer chips
  • The firm accounts for around a fifth of South Korea's total exports, and roughly 17% of the country's GDP
  • More than 320,000 staff are employed by Samsung globally
  • And in 2017, Samsung turned over the equivalent of £174billion today in revenue

In other tech news, videos of a top-secret virtual reality headset developed by Facebook have leaked online.

YouTube has been accused of breaching child privacy laws in the UK.

And, Huawei has revealed it will be using the Harmony operating system on its smartphones in 2021 instead of Google's Android software.

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