Mobile OS

Updating your operating system (OS)

Your mobile phone operating system (OS) manages all functionality on your device. Some examples of popular OS platforms are BlackBerry, Windows Mobile, Android, Palm OS, Symbian and iPhone OS. Your OS is specific to your device and essentially built in.

You should check for safe firmware updates for your mobile phone on a regular basis. It contains many powerful security features to protect against increasingly smarter hackers, viruses and malware.

Follow these tips for mobile phone OS security updates:

  • Check your mobile provider's website regularly for OS update information for your device make and model. Always act on OS upgrade alerts messages from your mobile provider. OS updates can include anything from a completely new version to a patch or fix to increase security, iron out bugs or add extra functionality.
  • Do not try to modify the device's control software, even if you're an advanced user. Other than breaking the terms of your contract, you could open yourself up to all manners of hacking and malware.
  • Never "jailbreak", or try to remove the limitations imposed by the manufacturer of your mobile device. No matter how good the third party software may seem, jailbreaking could disable or bypass security measures of your mobile's OS, making you easy prey for a virus, worm or trojan. It could also keep an OS from receiving or enabling future upgrades.
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