Turns out that a number of Samsung Galaxy phones may be vulnerable to hacking 1 year ago

Turns out that a number of Samsung Galaxy phones may be vulnerable to hacking

A chip inside the smartphone could be affected by the Meltdown flaw.

A flaw discovered on the inside the microchip located inside the Samsung Galaxy S7 smartphone could allow hackers to spy on you, according to security researchers.

Around 30 million people currently use the model, which was released back in 2016.

Researchers who found the flaw told Reuters that two vulnerabilities, named Meltdown and Spectre, were affecting computer processors all around the world.

The Galaxy 7 and other smartphones made by Samsung Electronics – who were previously thought to be immune to Meltdown – have been affected.

Meltdown affects chips designed by Intel. It deems your device vulnerable in that it allows hackers to bypass security hardware and right into your computer's memory – meaning that your passwords could be accessed by total strangers.

Attempting to combat this, Samsung announced that it delved out a number of patches throughout the year to Galaxy S7 owners to protect handsets against Meltdown.

“Samsung takes security very seriously and our products and services are designed with security as a priority,” the company said in a statement.

No reported cases have been noted where Meltdown has been used to attack a Samsung smartphone.

The easiest way to keep your smartphone protected is to update it with the latest software, use tricky passwords and be wary of suspicious looking emails.