Attention Android users: Dangerous scam threatening like never before

Android users have to be particularly careful with a scam that has been around for months. Telekom and Vodafone report that so-called “smishing” is still up to mischief in Europe – in some cases more dangerous than ever.

Fraud SMS with the “smishing” scam remain a serious problem. Deutsche Telekom informed around 30,000 customers last year that their devices were affected by smishing attacks, as the Bonn-based group announced on request. The customer devices would have sent thousands of SMS and thus further distributed malware in a snowball system. “All in all, their smartphones have sent almost 100 million smishing text messages – over our network alone,” said a company spokesman.

According to the company, Vodafone affected an almost five-digit number of customers in Germany in the second half of 2021. Telefónica (o2) did not provide any figures.

With “smishing” – a neologism of SMS and phishing – you get an SMS with a link. It is pointed out, for example, to an alleged package that is coming soon.

Danger for Android users: “Smishing” is still on the rise

Android users have been wary of smishing attacks for months.

If you click on the link in the text message, you will be directed to dubious websites where you are supposed to download apps – often for the alleged package tracking. In fact, however, it is malware that triggers the SMS mass sending to all contacts and other numbers stored in the cell phone. This is only possible with mobile phones with the Android operating system; software downloads from unknown sources do not work with Apple.

In another scam, an alleged sweepstakes success is reported – only the entry of personal data is still missing to win. Anyone who falls for it will by no means become a winner – instead, their data will be used for criminal purposes. Scammers often target bank details.

As reported from the telecommunications industry, SMS messages are particularly common at the moment, in which the recipient is referred to a video on which he can be seen. This should make you curious and careless. This is also a scam to smuggle malware onto the smartphone or to siphon data


Learn about Android 12

Google has officially launched the new operating system Android 12 with the Pixel 6 series. 

All companies (on specific phones) will be upgrading the new operating system to the devices in the coming weeks.

This new operating system is very different from the earlier android systems. 

Google has made some of the biggest changes to its operating system design.

Learn about some of the best features of Android 11 and how to use them.

App privacy features

In Android 12, Google has added a number of new privacy features to give users greater transparency and control over the use of apps.

A privacy dashboard will help prevent apps from collecting unnecessary details and will turn off the camera and microphone for all apps.

Redesign notifications

Google has changed the design of notifications to make them more modern and functional.

When you click on a notification, the operating system will take you directly to the app or do whatever action you want, which will speed things up.

Customized Color Theme (for Pixel Phones)

In Google Pixel phones, when you choose wallpaper, a feature color extraction will update the entire system, including the lock screen, widgets and notifications with costume colors.

Double tap options

Another new feature will take your Android phone back to the action you did before.

When you enable this feature in the Gestures option in Settings, you’ll see a list of actions you can take, such as taking a screenshot, playing Media Files, or launching Google Assistant.

One-handed mode

There are a few design changes to Android 12 that will make it easier to operate Android phones with one hand and thumb.

For this purpose, the settings user interface has been updated and the search bar has been moved to the bottom of the display to allow one-handed access.

A new feature called Silky Home has also been introduced which makes the entire interface more suitable for one-handed use.

Face-based auto-routing

In phones running on Android 12, you will be able to select the AutoRoot option according to the movement of your head.

Recycle bin management

Android has a secret feature of Recycle Bin that will probably be allowed to be used by Google in Android 12.

This feature gives you an idea of ​​how much storage space is occupied by Delta apps or files and will be able to clear it as needed

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