Old cell phones are a data security risk, for what reason

The iOS and Android operating systems are regularly updated to give new features and functions access to the latest cell phone models. REUTERS/Andrew Kelly (ANDREW KELLY/)

Both the cell phones that have the operating system Android or of iOS You have the possibility to update your software to have access to better characteristics, Applications Y functions. However, with each new major update in which the system is changed, cell phones become less and less compatible with the demands of the Applications to a point where they cannot be to update more.

Although users may end up using the same cell phone for several years (in the case of iphone can withstand long-term use 6 years approximately), some people choose to further extend their useful life even when the phones they no longer support improvements in their operating system.

This limitation not only prevents them from downloading new versions of their operating systemsbut they will also be unable to access updates under software, even though most of them include improvements to security bugs that can be found in past versions. This is the main reason why these users could not adequately face the risks of attacks computer.

The iOS and Android operating systems are regularly updated to give new features and functions access to the latest cell phone models.  REUTERS/Dado Ruvic/Illustration/File Photo
The iOS and Android operating systems are regularly updated to give new features and functions access to the latest cell phone models. REUTERS/Dado Ruvic/Illustration/File Photo (DADO RUVIC/)

However, even if you reach the end of the updates older and change operating systems is not possible, companies like Google either Manzana they can remain linked to the devices for an additional time by periodically sending small updates or patches of security.

There is no set time range between the end of the updates in a device and the completion of the shipment of security patches, so each user will have to keep abreast of when the updates will run out on their device. In the case of Manzanafor example, it came to update the security of a Iphone 5s which was launched on the market 10 years ago.

It is also possible that companies may cut ties with a device definitively once their system updatesalthough for this to happen there would have to be very few active users of those models.

Iphone 5s
Apple recently released a security update for the iPhone 5S.

It is at this time that any device could be affected by a cyber attackhacking, remote access, infiltration of malware through malicious applications, among other possible security risks that can directly affect users. cell phonesbut it can involve the data stored inside, including banking information, access keys to other platforms, information staff etc

Besides of operating systemthe applications that are present in cell phones cannot be updated either because from time to time the requirements for the facility of programs increases to get more out of the functions of the phones.

When these are no longer compatible with the system available on the device, that particular platform will be more vulnerable than others, so the risk of data theft information It is progressive and a person can make the decision to change cell phone before the security of the entire device is compromised.

According to Apple, iOS 16 is compatible even with the iPhone 8, which was launched on the market six years ago, in 2016. (Capture)
According to Apple, iOS 16 is compatible even with the iPhone 8, which was launched on the market six years ago, in 2016. (Capture)

In the case of iphonethe current version of its operating system is compatible with various iPhone models, including the 8 and 8 Plus, which were launched on the market in 2016 and have undergone six version changes so far, so it can be expected that iOS 17 It is no longer compatible with these cell phones.

Using that logic, the iPhone X, XR, XS and XS Max will no longer support iOS 18 in 2024, the iPhone 11 will stop updating in 2025 with the iOS 19 and the iPhone 12 series will have its latest update with iOS 20 in the year 2026.

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Source-www.infobae.com