July 30, 2015
The latest techno-scare has taken the media by storm, and could also take your phone! An exploit, dubbed “Stagefright,” can allow an attacker to fully compromise your Android phone and your phone’s data. The worst part, is that it can happen whether you interact with the phone, or not. Your Android phone just needs to be on and able to receive MMS (image, video, etc.) via the Messaging app. This affects ALL Android phones beginning with version 2.2.
If you like to read, details are all over the Internet.
Here is one reputable source on the topic: http://www.trendmicro.com/vinfo/us/security/news/mobile-safety/android-flaw-discovered-950-million-users-at-risk
If you just want to know what you can do about it, in short, here are the options (mutually exclusive):
If you like pictures, here’s a very quick piece on how to apply solution #4, above: http://www.greenbot.com/article/2954235/android/how-to-protect-yourself-from-the-stagefright-security-flaw.html
Furthermore, DO NOT click on media files of unknown origin. The same “safe browsing” rules for your home computer apply to your phone.