Android is known to be a target for malware from the beginning, but as long as you don’t install any sketchy apps from unknown sources and always be careful with the permissions you give the apps you download, you should be fine. Well, not so much anymore.
A new Android vulnerability has been found to let hackers into your device with just a text. The security expert who found the flaw, Zimperium, says the malware hides insite a text with a short video and as soon as you receive the text, it starts doing it’s job.
The real issue is that Hangouts, which is Google’s messaging and SMS app, processes videos automatically, so the code hiding inside the text is also processed even if you haven’t yet seen it.
There’s still no fix for this and no way to stop it from affecting you, other than not using Hangouts. But honestly chances of you getting that text are very low.