Your phone's secure? Think again

Smartphone arrogance is something I can tolerate. But I can't stand smart alecs who think their smart devices are absolutely secure.

And, going by reports last week of a security hole that allows hackers to wipe out data on many Android phones, as well as other worrying mobile- security news, these smart chaps don't look so smart any more.

It surfaced earlier last week that a bug in the new Samsung Galaxy S III allows a hacker to reset the phone to its factory settings - erasing data such as contacts and photos.

That is possible if the phone is used to visit a webpage in which hackers have inserted a simple string of 11 characters and symbols.

Other Samsung devices, such as the Samsung Galaxy S II and Galaxy S, were said to be vulnerable, too.

To make matters worse, the wipe-out code was circulated online - hackers can use it to wreak mass destruction easily.

But it doesn't stop there. Security researchers are now saying that the problem isn't with Samsung but, rather, the Android mobile operating system.

Many other Android devices have been identified to be at risk, including those by Sony. HTC and Motorola reportedly suggested that their phones aren't affected, contrary to what some researchers claim.

The good news is that Android devices updated in late June are spared the bug. But that still leaves, possibly, a great deal of gadgets.

How to know if your Android phone is at risk?

One researcher put up a site (http: //dylanreeve.com/phone.php) that allows a user to check if one's phone is in the cross hairs of a trigger-happy hacker.

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