11.02.14

Samsung device anti-theft security problem and how to fix it.

So what’s the problem exactly?

Samsung’s software, designed to protect against thieves by allowing those who own a smartphone to remotely lock the device, see where it’s located and even make it ring even if it’s in silent mode.

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Due to a security failure, which does not verify the source of commands sent to the phone, hackers can overload the device and generate all sort of activities.

The problem even caused the American National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) to issue a warning, and the feasibility presented by a white-hat hacker who demonstrated how to lock such device.

So what can I do?

 

At the moment Samsung said in a brief comment to the media that it “treats security issues in our products very seriously, and we are investigating the matter.”

Meanwhile, you could turn off the remote control in three steps:

Enter via the device settings (via APPS or the Alarm Window or simply sliding your finger from the top).

Next choose Security (or Location and Security, depending on operating system version)

Last, turn off the Remote Controls.

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Is that it?

Pretty much.

Moreover, please note that even without Samsung’s software you can still locate and even lock your device. This can be done by logging into Google’s device manager (https://www.google.com/android/devicemanager), enter name and password for your Google account that is also used on the device, and then lock and/or detect it.