Samsung Mobile Security (2023)

Samsung Mobile is releasing a maintenance release for major flagship models as part of monthly Security Maintenance Release (SMR) process. This SMR package includes patches from Google and Samsung. Google patches include patches up to Android Security Bulletin – April 2022 package. The Bulletin (April 2022) contains the following CVE items:

Critical
None

High
CVE-2020-29368,CVE-2021-39685,CVE-2021-39686,CVE-2021-39698,CVE-2021-3655,CVE-2021-35088,CVE-2021-35103,CVE-2021-35105,CVE-2021-35117,CVE-2021-30328,CVE-2021-30329,CVE-2021-30332,CVE-2021-30333,CVE-2021-39694,CVE-2021-0694,CVE-2021-39794,CVE-2021-39795,CVE-2021-39796,CVE-2021-39797,CVE-2021-39798,CVE-2021-39799,CVE-2021-39803,CVE-2021-39804,CVE-2021-39808,CVE-2021-39805,CVE-2021-39809,CVE-2022-0847

Moderate
CVE-2021-1027,CVE-2021-1028,CVE-2021-1029,CVE-2021-1001,CVE-2021-1002,CVE-2021-1018,CVE-2021-0973,CVE-2021-0769,CVE-2021-0992,CVE-2021-0987,CVE-2021-1005,CVE-2021-1014,CVE-2021-1015,CVE-2021-1007,CVE-2021-1023,CVE-2021-1026,CVE-2021-1034,CVE-2021-1022

Already included in previous updates
CVE-2021-1942,CVE-2021-35110,CVE-2021-1950,CVE-2021-1009,CVE-2021-1032,CVE-2021-1011

Not applicable to Samsung devices
CVE-2022-20047,CVE-2022-20048,CVE-2022-20053,CVE-2021-35106

※ Please see Android Security Bulletin for detailed information on Google patches.

Along with Google patches, Samsung Mobile provides 33 Samsung Vulnerabilities and Exposures (SVE) items described below, in order to improve our customer’s confidence on security of Samsung Mobile devices. Samsung security index (SSI), found in “Security software version”, SMR Mar-2022 Release 1 includes all patches from Samsung and Google. Some of the SVE items may not be included in this package, in case these items were already included in a previous maintenance release.

SVE-2021-22904(CVE-2022-25831): Improper access control in S Secure

Severity: Low
Affected versions: Select Q(10), R(11), S(12) devices
Reported on: August 9, 2021
Disclosure status: Privately disclosed.
Improper access control vulnerability in S Secure prior to SMR Apr-2022 Release 1 allows physical attackers to access secured data in certain conditions.
The patch removes improper check logic.

SVE-2021-23217(CVE-2022-25832): Improper authentication vulnerability in S Secure

Severity: Moderate
Affected versions: Select R(11), S(12) devices
Reported on: September 11, 2021
Disclosure status: Privately disclosed.
Improper authentication vulnerability in S Secure prior to SMR Apr-2022 Release 1 allows physical attackers to use locked Myfiles app without authentication.
The patch adds proper validation logic to prevent to use locked Myfiles app without authentication.

SVE-2021-23296(CVE-2022-25833): Improper authentication in ImsService

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Severity: Moderate
Affected versions: Q(10), R(11)
Reported on: September 19, 2021
Disclosure status: Privately disclosed.
Improper authentication in ImsService prior to SMR Apr-2022 Release 1 allows attackers to get IMSI without READ_PRIVILEGED_PHONE_STATE permission.
The patch fixes improper permission check logic.

SVE-2021-23602(CVE-2022-26090): Improper access control in Samsung Contacts

Severity: Moderate
Affected versions: Q(10), R(11)
Reported on: October 16, 2021
Disclosure status: Privately disclosed.
Improper access control vulnerability in Samsung Contacts prior to SMR Apr-2022 Release 1 allows that attackers can access contact information without permission.
The patch adds proper intent flag to prevent access to contact information.

SVE-2021-23949(CVE-2022-26091): Improper access control in Knox Manage

Severity: Moderate
Affected versions: Q(10), R(11), S(12)
Reported on: November 17, 2021
Disclosure status: Privately disclosed.
Improper access control vulnerability in Knox Manage prior to SMR Apr-2022 Release 1 allows that physical attackers can bypass Knox Manage using a function key of hardware keyboard.
The patch preventsuse of a certain function keyon Knox Manage login page.

SVE-2021-23951(CVE-2022-26092): Improper boundary check in Quram Agif library

Severity: High
Affected versions: Q(10), R(11), S(12)
Reported on: November 17, 2021
Disclosure status: Privately disclosed.
Improper boundary check in Quram Agif library prior to SMR Apr-2022 Release 1 allows arbitrary code execution.
The patch adds proper validation logic to prevent arbitrary memory write.

SVE-2021-24106(CVE-2022-26093, CVE-2022-26094, CVE-2022-26095, CVE-2022-26096, CVE-2022-26097): Null pointer dereference in libsimba library

Severity: Moderate
Affected versions: Q(10), R(11), S(12)
Reported on: December 1, 2021
Disclosure status: Privately disclosed.
Null pointer dereference vulnerabilityin some parser functions of libsimba libraryprior to SMR Apr-2022 Release 1 allows out of bounds write by remote attackers.
The patch adds the proper validation of input data.

SVE-2021-24107(CVE-2022-26098): Heap-based buffer overflow vulnerabilityin sheifd_createfunction in libsimba library

Severity: Critical
Affected versions: Q(10), R(11), S(12)
Reported on: December 1, 2021
Disclosure status: Privately disclosed.
Heap-based buffer overflow vulnerabilityin sheifd_createfunction of libsimba libraryprior to SMR Apr-2022 Release 1 allows code execution by remote attackers.
The patch adds the proper validation of input data.

SVE-2021-24108(CVE-2022-26099): Null pointer dereference vulnerabilityin parser_infe function in libsimba library

Severity: Moderate
Affected versions: Q(10), R(11), S(12)
Reported on: December 1, 2021
Disclosure status: Privately disclosed.
Null pointer dereference vulnerabilityin parser_infe function of libsimba libraryprior to SMR Apr-2022 Release 1 allows out of bounds read by remote attackers.
The patch adds the proper validation of input data.

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SVE-2021-24109(CVE-2022-27567): Null pointer dereference vulnerabilityin parser_hvcC function in libsimba library

Severity: Moderate
Affected versions: Q(10), R(11), S(12)
Reported on: December 1, 2021
Disclosure status: Privately disclosed.
Null pointer dereference vulnerabilityin parser_hvcC function of libsimba libraryprior to SMR Apr-2022 Release 1 allows out of bounds write by remote attackers.
The patch adds the proper validation of input data.

SVE-2021-24110(CVE-2022-27568, CVE-2022-27569, CVE-2022-27570, CVE-2022-27571): Heap-based buffer overflow vulnerabilityin some parserfunctions and sheifd_get_info_image fuction in libsimba library

Severity: Critical
Affected versions: Q(10), R(11), S(12)
Reported on: December 1, 2021
Disclosure status: Privately disclosed.
Heap-based buffer overflow vulnerability in some parserfunctions and sheifd_get_info_image fuction of libsimba libraryprior to SMR Apr-2022 Release 1 allows code execution by remote attackers.
The patch adds the proper validation of input data.

SVE-2021-24224(CVE-2022-27572): Heap-based buffer overflow vulnerabilityin parser_ipma function in libsimba

Severity: Critical
Affected versions: Q(10), R(11), S(12)
Reported on: December 10, 2021
Disclosure status: Privately disclosed.
Heap-based buffer overflow vulnerabilityin parser_ipmafunction of libsimba library prior to SMR Apr-2022 Release 1 allows code execution by remote attackers.
The patch adds the proper validation of input data.

SVE-2021-24225(CVE-2022-27573): Improper input validation vulnerability parser_infe and sheifd_find_itemIndexin fuction libsimba library

Severity: Low
Affected versions: Q(10), R(11), S(12)
Reported on: December 10, 2021
Disclosure status: Privately disclosed.
Improper input validation vulnerability inparser_infe and sheifd_find_itemIndexin fuctions of libsimba library prior to SMR Apr-2022 Release 1 allows out of bounds write by privileged attackers.
The patch adds the proper validation of input data.

SVE-2021-24226(CVE-2022-27574): Improper input validation vulnerability parser_iloc and sheifd_find_itemIndexin fuction libsimba library

Severity: Low
Affected versions: Q(10), R(11), S(12)
Reported on: December 10, 2021
Disclosure status: Privately disclosed.
Improper input validation vulnerabilityin parser_iloc and sheifd_find_itemIndexin fuctions of libsimba library prior to SMR Apr-2022 Release 1 allows out of bounds write by privileged attacker.
The patch adds the proper validation of input data.

SVE-2021-24352(CVE-2022-27575, CVE-2022-27575): Information exposure vulnerability in One UI Home, Samsung DeX Home

Severity: Moderate
Affected versions: Q(10), R(11), S(12)
Reported on: December 21, 2021
Disclosure status: Privately disclosed.
Information exposure vulnerability in One UI Home and Samsung DeX Home prior to SMR April-2022 Release 1 allows access to currently launched foreground app information without permission.
The patch adds proper protection to preventaccess to foreground app information.

SVE-2021-24382(CVE-2022-27821): Improper boundary check in Quram Agif library

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Severity: Low
Affected versions: Q(10), R(11), S(12)
Reported on: December 24, 2021
Disclosure status: Privately disclosed.
Improper boundary check in Quram Agif library prior to SMR Apr-2022 Release 1 allows attackers to cause denial of service via crafted image file.
The patch adds proper validation logic to prevent out-of-bounds read.

SVE-2021-24421(CVE-2022-27822): Information exposure vulnerability in ril property setting

Severity: High
Affected versions: Q(10), R(11), S(12)
Reported on: December 31, 2021
Disclosure status: Privately disclosed.
Information exposure vulnerability in ril property setting prior to SMR April-2022 Release 1 allows access to EF_RUIMID value without permission.
The patch removes the property.

SVE-2022-0006(CVE-2022-27823): Improper size check in sapefd_parse_meta_HEADER_old function of libsapeextractor library

Severity: Low
Affected versions: Q(10), R(11), S(12)
Reported on: January 22, 2022
Disclosure status: Privately disclosed.
Improper size check in sapefd_parse_meta_HEADER_old function of libsapeextractor library prior to SMR Apr-2022 Release 1 allows out of bounds read via a crafted media file.
The patch adds the proper validation of the buffer length.

SVE-2022-0007(CVE-2022-27824): Improper size check of in sapefd_parse_meta_DESCRIPTION function of libsapeextractor library

Severity: Low
Affected versions: Q(10), R(11), S(12)
Reported on: January 22, 2022
Disclosure status: Privately disclosed.
Improper size check of in sapefd_parse_meta_DESCRIPTION function of libsapeextractor library prior to SMR Apr-2022 Release 1 allows out of bounds read via a crafted media file
The patch adds the proper validation of the buffer length.th

SVE-2022-0008(CVE-2022-27825): Improper size check in sapefd_parse_meta_HEADER function of libsapeextractor library

Severity: Low
Affected versions: Q(10), R(11), S(12)
Reported on: January 22, 2022
Disclosure status: Privately disclosed.
Improper size check in sapefd_parse_meta_HEADER function of libsapeextractor library prior to SMR Apr-2022 Release 1 allows out of bounds read via a crafted media file.
The patch adds the proper validation of the buffer length.

SVE-2022-0011(CVE-2022-27826, CVE-2022-27827, CVE-2022-27828, CVE-2022-27829, CVE-2022-27830): Improper validation vulnerability in SemSuspendDialogInfo, MediaMonitorDimension, MediaMonitorEvent, VerifyCredentialResponse, and SemBlurInfo

Severity: High
Affected versions: Q(10), R(11), S(12)
Reported on: January 2, 2022
Disclosure status: Privately disclosed.
Improper validation vulnerability in SemSuspendDialogInfo, MediaMonitorDimension, MediaMonitorEvent, VerifyCredentialResponse, and SemBlurInfo prior to SMR Apr-2022 Release 1 allows attackers to launch certain activities.
The patch adds proper validation logic to prevent privilege escalation.

SVE-2022-0021(CVE-2022-27831): Out-of-bounds read vulnerability in sflvd_rdbuf_bits of libsflvextractor

Severity: Low
Affected versions: Q(10), R(11), S(12)
Reported on: January 4, 2022
Disclosure status: Privately disclosed.
An improper boundary check in sflvd_rdbuf_bits of libsflvextractor prior to SMR Apr-2022 Release 1 allows attackers to read out of bounds memory.
The patch adds proper boundary check to prevent out of bounds read.

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SVE-2022-0022(CVE-2022-27832): Improper boundary check in media.extractor library

Severity: Low
Affected versions: Q(10), R(11), S(12)
Reported on: January 4, 2022
Disclosure status: Privately disclosed.
Improper boundary check in media.extractor library prior to SMR Apr-2022 Release 1 allows attackers to cause denial of service via a crafted media file.
The patch adds proper boundary check logic to prevent out of bounds read.

SVE-2022-0085(CVE-2022-27833): Improper input validation inDSP driver

Severity: Moderate
Affected versions: Q(10), R(11), S(12) devices with Exynos 2100, 9830, 980 chipsets
Reported on: January 7, 2022
Disclosure status: Privately disclosed.
Improper input validation inDSP driver prior to SMR Apr-2022 Release 1 allows out-of-bounds write by integer overflow.
The patch adds proper validation logic to prevent integer overflow.

SVE-2022-0107(CVE-2022-27834): Use after free vulnerability in dsp_context_unload_graph function of DSP driver

Severity: Moderate
Affected versions: Q(10), R(11), S(12) devices with Exynos 2100, 9830, 980 chipsets
Reported on: January 10, 2022
Disclosure status: Privately disclosed.
Use after free vulnerability in dsp_context_unload_graph function of DSP driver prior to SMR Apr-2022 Release 1 allows attackers to perform malicious actions.
The patch adds proper mutual exclusion check logic to prevent use after free.

SVE-2022-0136(CVE-2022-27835): Improper boundary check in UWB firmware

Severity: High
Affected versions: S(12)
Reported on: January 13, 2022
Disclosure status: Privately disclosed.
Improper boundary check in UWB firmware prior to SMR Apr-2022 Release 1 allows arbitrary memory write.
The patch adds proper boundary check logic to prevent arbitrary memory write.

SVE-2022-0137(CVE-2022-27836): Improper access control and path traversal vulnerability in Storage Manager and Storage Manager Service

Severity: High
Affected versions: S(12)
Reported on: January 13, 2022
Disclosure status: Privately disclosed.
Improper access control and path traversal vulnerability in Storage Manager and Storage Manager Service prior to SMR Apr-2022 Release 1 allow local attackers to access arbitrary system files without a proper permission.
The patch adds proper validation logic to prevent arbitrary files access.

Some SVE items included in the Samsung Android Security Update cannot be disclosed at this time.

Acknowledgements

We truly appreciate the following researchers for helping Samsung to improve the security of our products.KRISHAN KUMAR : SVE-2021-22904Harsh Tyagi : SVE-2021-23217Xia Guangshuai: SVE-2021-23296, SVE-2022-0137h0rd7: SVE-2021-23602Elias Schröder: SVE-2021-23949mart1n and zraxx , both from school of cyber science and technology from Zhejiang University : SVE-2021-23951, SVE-2021-24382Dawuge of Pangu Team: SVE-2021-24106, SVE-2021-24107, SVE-2021-24108, SVE-2021-24109, SVE-2021-24110, SVE-2021-24224, SVE-2021-24225, SVE-2021-24226Hao Zhou, Xiapu Luo from PolyU, Haoyu Wang from BUPT, and Yajin Zhou from ZJU: SVE-2021-24352Qing Zhang: SVE-2021-24421Kiwan Ko of STEALIEN: SVE-2022-0006, SVE-2022-0007, SVE-2022-0008, SVE-2022-0021, SVE-2022-0022Michał Bednarski: SVE-2022-0011Seonung Jang(@IFdLRx4At1WFm74) of DataFlow Security(@dfsec_com): SVE-2022-0085, SVE-2022-0107Martin Heyden: SVE-2022-0136

FAQs

Do Samsung mobiles have built in security? ›

We've designed our Samsung mobile devices with data isolation built into every component. It's a double-lock for your sensitive data, meaning even if someone managed to get inside your phone, the only person who has real access is you.

How do I secure my Samsung phone? ›

With Samsung phones, you'll instead need to head into the Lock Screen section of your settings and tap the line labeled "Secure lock settings." There, you'll find an option to "Lock network and security," which prevents any network-related toggles from being used in that context.

Is Samsung mobile security good? ›

Samsung Knox is one of the toughest mobile security platforms ever built, and while we can't say for sure how well it stands against Apple's counterpart, it's about as good as you can get on an Android device. If your Galaxy device is protected by Knox, you can rest assured your sensitive data is safe.

What kind of security is on Samsung phones? ›

Security is central to our process at Samsung. We've spent years perfecting our Knox security platform, so you can trust your privacy in an uncertain world. Our mobile devices are designed with defense-grade protection from the chip up, so your device is secured by Knox from the moment you turn it on.

Which Mobile has highest security? ›

Top 10 Most Secure Phones in 2022
  • Apple iPhone 12 Pro Max. The newest and most expensive smartphone in Apple's enduringly well-liked iPhone series is the iPhone 12 Pro Max. ...
  • Samsung Galaxy Note 20 Ultra. ...
  • Google Pixel 5. ...
  • Samsung Galaxy S20 Ultra. ...
  • Apple iPhone SE. ...
  • Silent Circle Blackphone 2. ...
  • Sirin Labs Finney U1. ...
  • BlackBerry Key2.

Can Samsung's be hacked? ›

The systems were compromised in July 2022. In the following month, Samsung found proof that hackers were able to access and steal personal information of Samsung users. As a result, the tech giant took action to secure the security loopholes and issued a statement in September 2022.

How do I make my phone completely secure? ›

  1. 1.1. Use phone locks.
  2. 1.2. Use a VPN.
  3. 1.3. Use two-factor authentication.
  4. 1.4. Download apps only from the Google Play Store.
  5. 1.5. Use anti-virus software.
  6. 1.6. Do not use WiFi and Bluetooth connections at an unknown place.
  7. 1.7. Enable Android's “Find My Device” feature.
  8. 1.8. Browse in safe mode.
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How do I secure my Android phone completely? ›

Go into Settings > security or Lock screen and security > Advanced > Trust agents and make sure that Smart Lock is turned on. Under settings, search for Smart Lock. Tap Smart Lock and enter your password, unlock pattern, PIN code, or your fingerprint.

Is Samsung's secure safe? ›

This app is not much secure because anyone who has access to your Samsung mobile can uninstall it easily and all the apps and data will be unlocked after uninstalling it. So the app and data locked by S secure is not that much safe.

Is Samsung safer than Iphone? ›

In 2022, iOS is still the best operating system when it comes to smartphone safety.

Which phone is safer Iphone or Samsung? ›

security. While iOS may be considered more secure, it's not impossible for cybercriminals to hit iPhones or iPads with malicious software. Because of this, the owners of both Android and iOS devices need to be aware of possible malware and viruses, and be careful when downloading apps from third-party app stores.

Should I have antivirus on my Samsung phone? ›

If you're using a Windows computer or an Android device, you should most definitely install a third-party antivirus utility. Microsoft Defender is getting better, but it's not up to the best competitors, even the best free ones. And Google Play Protect is ineffective.

Is Samsung security free? ›

The Samsung Knox platform is free – it is baked into the hardware and software of most Samsung phones, tablets, and wearables. By using a Samsung phone, you are in essence benefiting from our guarantee of security – because it comes within the phone.

Can Knox security be hacked? ›

Knox is a hardware “vault” that contains sensitive user information such as PINs and passwords. Samsung Knox also provides secure Wi-Fi and DNS and uses trusted domains by default. However, more sophisticated spyware can hack directly into a device without requiring any action from the user.

Which phone is most hacked? ›

iPhone owners are 192 times more at risk to being targeted by hackers than other phone brands.
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You are 192 times more at risk to get hacked if you have THIS phone.
Most hacked phone brands (US)Total search volume
iPhone48,010
Samsung3,100
LG670
Sony320
2 more rows
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Which phones Cannot be hacked? ›

Most Secure Phones in 2022
  1. Bittium Tough Mobile 2C. ...
  2. K-iPhone – The one of the most secure Phones. ...
  3. Most secure Phones – Solarin From Sirin Labs. ...
  4. Among the most secure Phones – Purism Librem 5. ...
  5. Sirin Labs Finney U1.
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Which is the safest mobile brand? ›

What are the most secure smartphones?
  • Blackphone Privy 2.0.
  • Sirin Labs Finney U1.
  • Bittium Tough Mobile C.
  • Purism Librem 5.
  • Sirin Solarin.

How I know if my phone is hacked? ›

Mysterious apps, calls, or texts appear

A potential telltale sign that your phone has been hacked is the appearance of new apps that you didn't download, along with spikes in data usage that you can't account for. Likewise, if you see calls in your phone bill that you didn't make, that's a warning as well.

What are signs that your phone is hacked? ›

How to Know If Someone is Hacking Your Phone
  • Your phone loses charge quickly. Malware and fraudulent apps sometimes use malicious code that tends to drain a lot of power.
  • Your phone runs abnormally slowly. ...
  • You notice strange activity on your other online accounts. ...
  • You notice unfamiliar calls or texts in your logs.

Can someone access your Samsung phone? ›

It's crucial that we protect that information from hackers. Hackers can remotely access your device from anywhere. If your Android phone has been compromised, then the hacker can track, monitor and listen to calls on your device from wherever they are in the world. Everything on your device is at risk.

What is the most secure way to lock your phone? ›

A PIN code is a simple alternative to a password. Android allows PINs of up to 16 digits, which equates to 10 quadrillion combinations. While a 16-digit PIN is extremely secure, it's tough to remember. Most people are more likely to choose a four digit PIN, which has 10 thousand combinations.

How can I check for viruses on my phone? ›

The best way to check for malware on your phone is to use a mobile security app like free AVG Antivirus for Android. Run a scan. After installing AVG Antivirus, open the app and run an antivirus scan to find malware hidden in your device's system.

What can I put on my phone to stop hackers? ›

Use antivirus software.

Antivirus software will quarantine the malware in a sandbox so that it can't affect the rest of your phone. Then, it will delete it for you.

Which Android is most secure? ›

The Google Pixel 5 is the best Android phone when it comes to security. Google builds its phones to be secure from the start, and its monthly security patches guarantee you won't be left behind on future exploits.

Does Android have any built in security? ›

Android security enables privacy. We protect your data by wrapping it in encryption and setting boundaries around what apps can do in the background. Browsing privately is simple with Incognito mode in Chrome and Maps. We also give you tools that help you control who can see what data and when.

Does Android have a built in antivirus? ›

Android's biggest built-in defense against malware is Google Play Protect. There are a few different components to Play Protect—including the Find My Device tools—but a big part of it is malware scanning. Every Android device that included the Google Play Store has Play Protect.

Is Samsung as secure as Apple? ›

Studies have found that a far higher percentage of mobile malware targets Android than iOS, the software than runs Apple's devices. That's down both to Android's huge global popularity and its open approach.

Is Samsung good with privacy? ›

Galaxy Phones & Privacy: our phones have many features designed to protect your data should your phone be lost, stolen or used without your permission. Features such as fingerprint, facial and iris authentication are designed to ensure that you, and only you, can access and use your phone.

What phone does Bill Gates have? ›

Gates uses a Samsung Galaxy Fold 3, a foldable smartphone launched by the company in 2021. He also talks about his choice, saying, "With this screen, I can get by with a great portable PC and the phone and nothing else."

What gets hacked more iPhone or Android? ›

As can be seen there is significantly more interest in hacking the Android operating system over iOS. In 2021 there were 266,400 searches relating to hacking Android. There is an average of 22,200 searches per month relating to hacking Android. In 2021 there were 19,200 searches relating to hacking iOS.

What is better Apple or Samsung? ›

Smartphones, however, can come down to personal choice – Apple's OS is excellent but Android is just as good now; if you're not invested in Apple's ecosystem then Samsung is a good choice as you can move to other Android devices, and Samsung's tech is exceptional.

Is Apple more private than Android? ›

Yes, iPhones (and other Apple products) are absolutely more private than Android devices. Not only do Android devices collect and send more data to Google, Samsung, and others, but that data is used in a far more invasive manner with Android devices.

How good is Android security? ›

Android has improved its security but still remains the less secure of the two operating systems. Whether you own an Android or an iPhone, however, you can never be 100% safe from security breaches and zero-day attacks.

Is it better to use iPhone or Android? ›

Pick iPhone if you want a phone that works well, delivers a high-quality experience and is easy to use. On the other hand, if you value flexibility and choice enough to accept some potential issues, you'll probably prefer Android.

Do Samsungs get viruses easily? ›

It's very unlikely that your phone will be affected by any sort of malware because all Galaxy and Play Store apps are scanned before they're downloaded. However, sneaky ads or emails can try to download harmful software onto your phone. Don't worry, there are a couple things you can do to protect your Galaxy phone.

How do I check my Samsung for viruses? ›

It's the shield icon at the bottom of the menu. Tap SCAN PHONE. The security app will now scan your Galaxy for viruses and other malware. Follow the on-screen instructions to complete the process.

Is Samsung McAfee free? ›

At CES, last month in Las Vegas, McAfee announced plans to offer elements of McAfee® Mobile Security for free. Since last year, we have had a free mobile security solution for Android users, and today we're pleased to announce the availability of a new update to our free mobile protection.

Do I need virus protection on my phone? ›

The Android operating system works a bit differently than iOS and for that reason, security experts do recommend installing an anti-virus app on an Android device. I've tested out apps from Avast and AVG and they should do the trick.

Do I need antivirus if I have Samsung Knox? ›

Samsung Knox provides another layer of protection, both for separating work and personal data, and for protecting the operating system from manipulation. This, combined with a modern antivirus solution, can go a long way toward limiting the impact of these expanding malware threats.

Is Samsung Knox actually secure? ›

With the Knox security platform, your data is stored and remains in an encrypted state, even in the event of theft or loss. Your Samsung device is always running in a safe state, blocking any unauthorized access to your phone's kernel, in real-time.

Does Samsung still use Knox? ›

Samsung has continued to evolve its hardware-based security with Knox Vault, an isolated, tamper-proof subsystem with its own processor and memory. Knox Vault can protect sensitive data such as hardware-backed Android Keystore keys, biometric data and more.

Is Samsung device security free? ›

Does Samsung Knox cost money? The Samsung Knox platform is free – it is baked into the hardware and software of most Samsung phones, tablets, and wearables. By using a Samsung phone, you are in essence benefiting from our guarantee of security – because it comes within the phone.

Does Samsung have anti theft? ›

Set up your device so you can remotely locate and control. Android Factory reset protection allows you to prevent non authorized users from accessing your device if it's been lost, stolen, or reset to factory settings without your permission.

Is McAfee free on Samsung? ›

We've significantly enhanced McAfee Mobile Security, adding features to ensure that our mobile security offering is now the most comprehensive free solution on the market—across both Android and iOS platforms. McAfee Device Protection Technology.

Do mobile phones have built in security? ›

Your data is proactively Protected by Android.

Google Play Protect analyses potentially harmful apps before you download them, so you can worry less about whether they'll hurt your phone or steal your sensitive data. Android regularly scans your apps for malware, prompting you to uninstall any bad apps.

Do you need an antivirus for Samsung? ›

There's no reason to download an antivirus app on your Android phone. The same basic rules for using any device safely apply to Android devices: Get your apps from the official source, the Google Play Store. Don't go to shady-looking websites. Don't click suspicious links in emails.

Does Samsung have better security than Apple? ›

While iOS device features are more restricted than an Android device, the iPhone's integrated design makes security vulnerabilities far less frequent and harder to find. Android's open nature means it can be installed on a wide range of devices.

How do I protect my Samsung phone from theft? ›

On an Android phone: Go to Settings > Security > Find My Device and toggle Find My Device. On some devices, this setting might be called Find My Mobile and be under Security & Location or Biometrics and Security.

Which Android has the best security? ›

The Google Pixel 5 is the best Android phone when it comes to security. Google builds its phones to be secure from the start, and its monthly security patches guarantee you won't be left behind on future exploits.

Can a Samsung phone get a virus? ›

It's very unlikely that your phone will be affected by any sort of malware because all Galaxy and Play Store apps are scanned before they're downloaded. However, sneaky ads or emails can try to download harmful software onto your phone. Don't worry, there are a couple things you can do to protect your Galaxy phone.

How good is Samsung McAfee Antivirus? ›

McAfee's antivirus scanner scored an impressive 100% malware detection rating in all of my tests across Windows, Mac, Android, and iOS devices.

Which phone is safest from hackers? ›

Top 10 Most Secure Phones
  • #1 Apple iPhone 12 Pro Max Secure Phone.
  • #2 Samsung Galaxy Note 20 Ultra Secure Phone.
  • #3 Google Pixel 5 Secure Phone.
  • #4 Samsung Galaxy S20 Ultra Secure Phone.
  • #5 Apple iPhone SE Secure Phone.
  • #6 Silent Circle Blackphone 2 Secure Phone.
  • #7 Sirin Labs Finney U1 Secure Phone.
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Do I need antivirus on my mobile phone? ›

We'd always recommend running regular software and security updates, using a password manager and installing antivirus software for Android. For optimal device security, antivirus protection is by far the best option.

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