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Protect Your Smartphones – Patch!

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Many Android users are unaware that Google releases software patches every month, including important security updates. The security patches are necessary because of critical exploits (“bugs”) that could allow hackers in, meaning your personal information is up for grabs.

Phone manufacturers and carriers are responsible for sending these patches to your phone, but these don’t always get sent out in a timely manner, if at all. This is particularly true for less expensive phones and phones more than a year old. Did you know that 60% of Android phones are running on software that is two years old? Check your phone manufacturer’s website to stay current with all patches released. Here are the patch update pages for the four most popular Android phones sold in the U.S.:

LG Phone Updates
Motorola Phone Updates
Samsung Phone Updates
Nokia Phone Updates

The Information Security Office reminds the UF community that smartphones are not the only devices that need regular patching. Keeping laptops and other devices updated will help protect UF data and keep your personal information and photos safe.