Today, we will be showing a simple solution to fix and secure your Android phone from the MMS messaging security vulnerability. A recent study discovered the more than 95% of all Android devices are affected by a serious vulnerability in the Android system. This is far more serious than the keyboard security issue which affected Samsung phones a few weeks ago.
The attacker can send an MMS message and then have complete control over your phone. Once the attacker sends the message, he has complete control of the phone and the worst part is that you do not know it. The attacker can control your phone without leaving any signs, stealing important data, accounts and passwords.
The team who made the study is working directly with Google to fix this and the tech giant will be releasing a patch soon. Unfortunately, the patch might take a few weeks or even months to reach your phone thanks to Android fragmentation. Until your phone receives the patch, it will be vulnerable to attackers who can hack into your phone by simply sending an MMS message.
There is another fix to prevent your phone from getting hacked. You can turn off the auto-receive for MMS feature on your Android device. When this feature is turned off, your phone is safe from MMS Android vulnerability and it will be secured from any possible attacks. Since no Android firmware is the same, the process of turning off the auto-receive might not be the same, but similar.
Fix MMS Android Vulnerability
- First, go to the home screen and launch the app drawer. Open the Messages app.
- Go to the settings menu of the messaging app.
- There should be an option called ‘Multimedia Messages’. If not, tap on ‘More Settings’.
- Go to ‘Multimedia Messages’ and delete “Auto retrieve: Automatically retrieve messages”.
Go back and close the messaging app. This will keep your phone safe from any possible attacks using the Android MMS vulnerability. You have to keep this option off until your phone receives the update with the patch.