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CISA orders Federal Agents, urges public to patch Samsung phones


Happy Friday my friend!


Yesterday the Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA) ordered Federal Agents using Android phones, especially those using Samsung devices to update them right away. This is based on 10 new additions to their vulnerability catalog that include zero-day vulnerabilities discovered and patched over the last few months.

The Takeaway


We've seen this before. A zero-day flaw is a software vulnerability that hackers can exploit before the software vendor even knows about it. They're called "zero-day" because the vendor has no time to fix it before attackers start taking advantage of the exploit. Zero days are particularly dangerous because they are often used to target specific people or organizations and can go unnoticed for long periods of time.


What can you do? If your phone tablet or computer wants to perform a software update, please let it do so, especially if you or someone you know has a Samsung device. Want to check for updates manually? Here's how:

1. Open your phone's Settings app.

2. Near the bottom, tap System and then System update.

3. You'll see your update status. Follow any steps on the screen.


For security updates & Google Play system updates:

1. Open your device’s Settings app.

2. Tap Security.

3. Check for an update:

4. To check if a security update is available, tap Google Security checkup.

5. To check if a Google Play system update is available, tap Google Play system update.

6. Follow any steps on the screen.


Manufacturers work really hard to get patches out to users like you and me once these vulnerabilities are discovered. Let keep our devices safe by installing them!


Stay safe out there.


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