How to know Your Android Smartphone is Secure/Dangerous: Google periodically updates security updates for Android smartphones. It also creates pressure on smartphone companies to issue security updates periodically. It seems, though, that it does not take it seriously on the Original Equipment Manufacturers (OEMs).
Germany’s research firm Security Research Lab has revealed that most of the smartphone makers do not issue security patches for their users on most occasions. The research firm has disclosed that many times smartphone makers tell their users that their device has the latest security patches but they often lie in this case.
The research firm has tested approximately 1200 smartphones and flagship smartphones of companies like Google, Samsung, HTC, TCL. It found out that the tested smartphones did not have security patches that were being issued by these companies. So if you are worried about your security or want to check your phone’s last security patches, there is an app available for that too. The name of this app is SnoopSnitch which can be used to determine whether the security patch is being claimed whether the smartphone is running on it or not. You can check the security patches of your smartphone through these few simple steps:
How to know Your Android Smartphone is Secure/Dangerous
Visit the Google Play Store and download the SnoopSnitch app. This is a free app and if your phone is running Android 8.1, then the test result will be limited.
When you open the app, you will see such a screen.
Now you have to click on ‘Click here to test patch level’.
After doing this, you will be taken to the second window, and then tap the ‘Start test’ button. Now this test will start running. For this test make sure that your internet connection is ON.
After the test is satisfied, you will see the result on the screen. In this, the result will be given in a category such as a patch, patch missing, after-blank patch level, test inconclusive
We tested the OnePlus 5T and Shaomi Redmi 5 through this app. In our test, we found that the security patch claimed in Redmi 5 was Miss and the result came inconclusive for 48 patches. On the other hand, 5 patches inconclusive were found in test results of OnePlus 5T but this handset did not miss any patch.
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