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MatthewK

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Using mobile that no longer receives security updates
« on: November 26, 2019, 05:50:34 AM »
So I have a moto g4 that no longer receives OS updates. I use it very little. Mostly Phone/text. Once in a while email, maps, podcasts/music.

Is there any risk in this? I know some people will not use a device that no longer is supported but my thinking is these people use their phone for way more than I do.

Thanks for your input

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Re: Using mobile that no longer receives security updates
« Reply #1 on: November 26, 2019, 06:31:39 AM »
So I have a moto g4 that no longer receives OS updates. I use it very little. Mostly Phone/text. Once in a while email, maps, podcasts/music.

Is there any risk in this? I know some people will not use a device that no longer is supported but my thinking is these people use their phone for way more than I do.

Thanks for your input

I have used my previous phones for 4 years. After some time, they stop getting updated. I haven't worried about it, but I could imagine that if you do some banking on your phone, that you might be vulnerable. I usually keep my data turned off, so I'm only online for short periods.
After 4 years, there are usually lots of apps that can't be installed or updated, because the operative system is too ancient. If this becomes too annoying, I get newer phone. Until that time, I just use the old one.
We tend to put new batteries in our old phones. Usually a battery get in a pretty bad condition after a year or to. So it pays off getting a phone where you can switch the battery without too much trouble.

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Re: Using mobile that no longer receives security updates
« Reply #2 on: November 26, 2019, 07:47:21 AM »
If you don't do anything like banking, buying things, etc. you could get away with using it until your apps no longer work.  If you do do those things then I wouldn't recommend it and look for a newer phone.