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    Hello everyone,

    I'm in the market for a new phone. I'm considering a 2018 flagship to get some of the features that I'm looking for at a lower cost. I plan on holding onto it for 2.5- 3 years- longer than I've ever owned a phone.

    My concern- A phone that has been on the market for a year will be approximately halfway through the period where it will receive security patches/updates. Is there any inherent or significant risk associated with owning a phone past this period?

    I do not download apps outside of Google Play Store. I do use my phone very frequently as a mobile hotspot and connect to other networks.

    I sincerely appreciate any insight!
    03-16-2019 06:26 PM
  2. hallux's Avatar
    Is there any inherent or significant risk associated with owning a phone past this period?
    There is simply no way to know until a vulnerability is found and the device ends up not receiving a patch because it's beyond the support period. The ones I'd be most worried about would be something like Spectre (CPU) or KRACK (WiFi) but who knows what might come to light over the next 24-36 months.

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    03-16-2019 10:53 PM

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