How can I protect my Android tablet?

In light of the recent Spectre/Meltdown security flaw and the flurry of security patches issued to protect against it, a reader has a question:

“How do I make sure my Huawei tablet (it’s Android and I haven’t really learned about how Android items work–My computer uses Windows 10) has the latest updates that you’re talking about on your website). I went to settings–updater and it said “no updates.” I purchased this tablet from Consumer Cellular, and the tablet says the Android version is 4.4.4. I want to make sure that I’m as protected as I can be.”

At this point, you’ve done what you can. Google has pushed out the Android patches and now it’s up to the various manufacturers to push them out to devices.  Android is different from Apple’s operating systems iOS and Mac OS and Microsoft’s Windows system in that the Android operating system is slightly different on every device that uses it and the updates must be pushed out by the manufacturers.


And since your device is on Android 4.4.4 (Kit Kat), you normally wouldn’t see an update as manufacturers don’t often update older versions of the OS. Android 7.1 is the most current operating system with Android 8 due out soon.   But Huawei did release a tablet running KitKat back in 2016, so they might actually provide an update. Check with the manufacturer to find out if they sent updates or if any updates are available

Here’s a link to the Huawei support site:

You can also call them at 1-888-548-2934 any day between 7 am and 9 pm CST.

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