Samsung Galaxy smartphones are getting this new security feature

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Samsung has said it is rolling out a new feature for Galaxy smartphones and tablets that can protect against a new kind of cyber threat that allows attackers to hack your phone just by sending an image. 

Attackers trigger zero-click exploits by sending a message containing an image. You don’t even need to interact with the message as you would if attackers were trying to make you click a phishing link or download malware — a zero-click attack works even if you aren’t actively handling your phone. 

Also: Five easy steps to keep your smartphone safe from hackers

Zero-click attacks are designed to take advantage of unpatched vulnerabilities in applications that accept and process untrusted data, such as SMS and messaging services. 

If it’s crafted in the right way, a zero-click attack can run malware or snoop on your smartphone without you even knowing. In many cases, the original image is coded to delete itself, so you don’t even know it was there — but in that time, hackers could have gained access to your usernames, passwords, and other sensitive personal data

While zero-click attacks aren’t a common cybersecurity threat for now — with the attacks mainly restricted to being deployed by sophisticated spyware operations — the nature of cyber-criminal activity means it’s likely only a matter of time before these attacks become more widespread. 

Now Samsung has said it will introduced Samsung Message Guard, a new security feature for Samsung Galaxy smartphones that aims

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