How Strangers Can, and Can't, Hack Your Cellphone

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A mostly balanced and fair article about smartphone security. Quite unusual these days.

The only thing I would say is, rather than disabling 'unknown sources' on an Android phone, only install apps from sources that you trust (the same advice I've been giving people about Windows PCs for years). The unknown sources switch won't let you install apps from Amazon or other legit non-Google app stores.
 

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Of course, but our advice is more for the average user, who may not know any better. Experienced users can enable installation of apps from unknown sources, but if the device is victim to an attack, attackers can attempt to whatever programs they want. A better solution would be to enable and disable installation via unknown sources when you need to add or update an app from a credible source.
 
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