It seems like a new, dangerous Android exploit is uncovered every month or two. The latest headliners are Dirty COW and Gooligan, which are being billed as gaping security holes in the world’s biggest mobile operating system.

The thing is, to the average user, these exploits are generally more helpful than harmful. So why do news sites report them with such a doom-and-gloom tone?

Well, a balanced perspective is nice, but fear gets clicks. Tech bloggers know this, so they look for the scariest angle when it comes to Android exploits—even though these same exploits can be used for good things… more


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