You know things are real when the Obama administration gets involved. Gaping holes in cell phone security lead to government involvement. The Federal Trade Commission, FTC, have made it apparent that they need to understand how cell phones execute security updates. With so much technology at the fingertips of billions, it’s almost impossible to create flawless security. With that in mind, many of the software’s that we download to our phone have bugs, and are susceptible to loopholes in their system. Advocates claimed there were worried about the rate at which these updates were rolling out with security fixes. They also expressed concern over the fact that some people may not be included in the updates, which could pose as a threat to the consumer. With customers at potential risk to be left unguarded from malware or other vulnerabilities, the FCC and the FTC have agreed that it’s far too risky. They are quoted stating,
“Consumers may be left unprotected, for long periods of time or even indefinitely, by any delays in patching vulnerabilities once they are discovered,” the FCC and FTC said in a joint statement. “There are significant delays in delivering patches to actual devices, and older devices may never be patched.”
The goal as of now is to help companies like Google, Apple, Android, Windows and others to slow down their updating process. They are certain they won’t always have 100% accuracy, however it has been proven that by taking more time with the update, and running more initial tests, they can reduce the amount of bugs and flaws in their system before the update goes life. Pay attention next time to your phone updates, a lot of the time, you can see they include a “bug fix” clause. Hopefully with the FCC and the FTC picking up in interested in cell phone security, we can hope to see more secure updates.