Android users can switch off 2G to enhance security and privacy

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Google has added a feature to its Android mobile operating system that allows users to disable 2G connections, reducing the risk of being spoofed by a rogue cell tower.

Cell site simulators or ‘stingrays’ pose as legitimate cell towers, tricking phones within its range to connect to it. This allows attackers to stage man-in-the-middle attacks that exploit weaknesses in the aging 2G standard to intercept device information, call records, voice and text content, and browsing history.

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