Samsung offers Message Guard Service to isolate mobile based cyber threats

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Samsung, one of the leading smartphone sellers in the world, has released a new feature to its users that protects them from threats disguised in image attachments. The feature is said to assist users in keeping their devices from cyber threats and is compatible with the Samsung Messages app and the Google Messages App.

Before digging deep into it technically, let us know some facts that are occurring in the current cyber landscape. According to a study conducted by security researchers of Samsung, nowadays, threat actors are embedding malicious links into the image files. And when these files get distributed as greetings mornings and evenings, any device user receiving such messages could fall prey to mobile malware or sites that drop crypto mining payloads.

Called “Message Guard” the feature has the capability of sandboxing such messages and when a threat is formed, it disposes of the message without the user’s knowledge.

In simple words, the new capability will act as a sandboxing layer that prevents the threat from interacting with other files on the mobile operating systems.

By this month’s end, all Galaxy series smart phones operating on One UI 5.1 will get this feature updated and later the mobile manufacture is said to collaborate with other third-party messaging apps to curb cyber threats emerging from malicious images.

NOTE- Samsung Knox Security Platform loaded onto Galaxy Devices already has the potential to isolate malware hidden in audio and video files. Samsung Message Guard is like an added feather to this feature and can keep a track and block nasty zero clicks from PNG, JPG/JPEG, GIF, ICO, WEBP, BMP and WBMP file formats.

 

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Naveen Goud is a writer at Cybersecurity Insiders covering topics such as Mergers & Acquisitions, Startups, Cyber Attacks, Cloud Security and Mobile Security

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