To protect privacy, Google takes a new step and recognizes that 2nd generation networks become the reason for information leakage. So, with the latest feature, some Android users (Google Pixel and new Samsung smartphone owners) can turn it off whenever they want.
After introducing the new generations of 4G and 5G networks, the previous ones seem to be very rare in their use, especially the second generation. A while ago there were many reports submitted against 2G that this network has become the reason for giving access to mobile users and their data to IMSI sensors also known as stingrays. The reason why the second generation of mobile communication appeared in the 90s, when there was not as much need to secure data as there is today, due to many vulnerabilities identified in this particular generation. Enforcement law used anonymous cell site simulators to connect smartphones to their device rather than the original tower. That’s why a tech giant comes with it, and this is the first time identified by Frontier Foundation and gives a huge round of applause to the company that recognizes the need for it and implements it.
Now the question arises how to disable the option? Well, by default, it already exists on mobile phones which automatically activate the 2G option after Google. If users want to turn it off, they go to the settings part of their devices where a network option is available, go there and turn off the “Allow 2G” option. But remember one thing, all cell phones have different structures, so, it might be different. The user performs the same procedure depending on his parameters format. Here is a big step that has been taken in the history of privacy concerns and available on the latest Android versions such as version 11 and 12 due to the presence of Radio HAL but not in the 10th.
The loopholes of the older generations are two in number. The first is that this particular generation’s encryption program is so weak that anyone can easily attack it, and the second is that there is no sign of the original tower seen on the devices by which anyone can create a fake 2G tower and extract all the info.
iOS users don’t have the option to opt out and stick to the latest generations, but they’re hoping it will come to Apple phones due to privacy concerns. He also noted that 2G is still available for urgent and emergency calls, which is completely wrong.
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