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New Android Vulnerability discovered Take action now to protect your phone from Stagefright

Author: ITS

Posted on Aug 5, 2015

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A new vulnerability on Android devices has been uncovered leaving millions of users affected. This exploit allows phone in handcybercriminals to hijack your phone and steal information just by using your phone number.

To prevent this vulnerability from affecting you, disable Auto Retrieve for Multimedia messaging on whichever messaging app you use.

Instructions for Messages App

Instructions for Google Hangouts App

Instructions for Messenger App

Instructions for Messaging App

Instructions for WhatsApp

When you disable Auto Retrieve, video and picture messaging will require you to tap Download when they are sent to you. This also prevents infected files from being automatically downloaded.

For more information, visit Avast’s webpage on Stagefright.