Recently, Trendmicro has found a serious MMS messaging security vulnerability in Android phones. According to the security company, approximately 95 per cent of all Android phones are vulnerable to the MMS messaging security issue, which is far more danger than the recently found ransonware that block keys on your Android phone.
In this guide, we show you how to secure your Android phone from MMS messaging vulnerability. Before you get start, you might want to know what MMS messaging security vulnerability is. By sending an MMS message to your phone, an intruder can enter into your phone without your knowledge and steal your important data, accounts and passwords.
This is a danger situation as most of us are using Android phone for banking, online purchases, etc. Though Google is working to fix this issue, it will take sometimes to release the patch. Meanwhile, there is a simple workaround to secure your Android phone from MMS messaging security vulnerability. Read on to know how it is.
Note: The below procedure may wary with Android firmware versions and phone make.
1. First, launch the Messaging app.
2. Go to Settings (tap 3 dots on the top right corner of the app and choose Settings)
3. Scroll down and locate ‘Multimedia (MMS) messages’ (If not found the option, tap on ‘More Settings’)
4. Under Multimedia (MMS) messages option, disable ‘Auto-retrieve’ option.
This will keep your phone from any possible MMS messaging vulnerability. Trendmicro advices users should keep this setting unchanged until Google releases a patch to fix the issue. (Source – Trendmicro)