I thought President Donald trump stopped using his Android phone and he handed it over before his inauguration for a better-secured device managed by the Government?
That was exactly what I heard until I read a report from Haberman, “Mr. Trump’s wife, Melania, went back to New York on Sunday night with their 10-year-old son, Barron, and so Mr. Trump has the television — and his old, unsecured Android phone, to the protests of some of his aides — to keep him company,” Haberman wrote.”
The truth is, the new US president who loves twitter so much is still in possession of his unsecured Android phone completely ignoring the policies involved.
While Android smartphones are now more secured compared to how its security was in the older versions of Android, it is still a bad idea because, almost every software comes with a bug, every iOS, Android and windows version comes with a bug which will be fixed simultaneously and gradually with updates.
These bugs can turn out to be a security loophole in which an independent hacker or a Government-sponsored hacker can take a snoop into your smartphone and have third-party access to your data. If these occurs on the president of the United states, it will be a very big calamity.
While so many security firms and companies will pay huge bucks to find out the various bugs and security loopholes surrounding their software and OS, other groups that are out to exploit the vulnerability can pay higher.
Spending a huge sum of money and making efforts to snoop around in a regular person’s smartphone is not feasible and it will not be of any use to them, but on an important personality like the President of the united states… sure, it will be a big hit.
Even if trump doesn’t use the phone for making calls and sending text, I guess it will be connected to the internet. If he is the one that controls his personal twitter account, I guess that is the phone he is using to do so.
If a hacker happens to successfully compromise the phone. Android malware could be used to track his location, monitor app usage, and take photos with the camera. If the privately held vulnerability is a root exploit, there’s no limit to what could be done. The phone’s OS could be modified to track every keystroke or run new services silently in the background that listen to audio using the microphone. You now see how disastrous that sounds?
Imagine how the headline will sound on CNN, “US President Hacked”
It sounds so bad to even think of it, that is the main reason the President should think twice about using the Android smartphone.