If you own a Samsung Galaxy S4 or Galaxy Tab 3 it is probably best to change your Samsung account password right now.
German based MediaTest Digital, a company that specialises in testing security of mobile software and devices, confirmed that Galaxy S4 and Galaxy Tab 3 were transmitting sensitive and important data such as name, E-Mail address, and even passwords from the registration of the Samsung account.
MediaTest informed German news company Heise Security who in turn confirmed the security flaw and warned Samsung, South Korea about the issue. Samsung appears to have taken serious note of this and announced within 5 days that the security hole has been removed. Apart from this there is no further details provided by Samsung. Once the follow-up and testing is done by third parties we shall know for sure if the bug fix is in place. At this stage, we are not sure whether more devices of Samsung are affected or not.
This came as a disturbing piece of news as any person on the same WiFi network could gain access to your account and extract personal details. With access to your Samsung account, hackers would have had a field day tracking your online movements, locations, calling lists or even locking out your device. This is definitely a serious breach of security lapse with hackers monitoring, recording and tracking all your online movements. As if security agencies like NSA tracking every move of yours was not scary enough, giving them easy access to your information is like a topping on the cake.
Security and privacy are very important in this digital age and taking sufficient measures to safeguard your personal data should be your priority. Although the security hole has been fixed, to be on the safe side, we suggest that you change your password immediately by visiting the Samsung Account site.
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