Cox hotspots are a thing of the past and they’re being phased out as smartphones become more data-heavy.

That’s the conclusion of the latest mobile security report by security firm ThreatConnect. 

The report, which was prepared for the Australian Mobile Telecommunications Association (AMPTA) by security company Kaspersky Lab, found that a majority of devices can no longer be used to connect to the internet using a Wi-Fi hotspot.

“The majority of smartphones are no longer capable of using a Cox Hotspot as they are more data intensive, and therefore more vulnerable to attack,” said the report.

It also found that many of the newer Android smartphones that are being built are vulnerable to an attack that can be used by an attacker to control the phone remotely. 

Kaspersky also found more than 70 per cent of smartphones in its test devices could not be used for a Coxs hotspot connection. 

There are also plenty of new features in Android devices that allow you to control Wi-Fios, such as the ability to use the camera to scan a QR code.

It’s a handy feature if you’re on a tight schedule or have a group of friends around and need to get their attention in case they need to use a Coxes hotspot when you’re not around.

But you’ll have to be careful not to get caught in a Coys-related traffic jam, and there are still plenty of security features that are missing. 

“A Cox is now a common feature across most devices, with a few exceptions, with Android devices still missing out on it,” said Kasperski’s Dr David Shambaugh. 

As mobile security evolves, so does the way people manage their data.

There’s been a shift towards mobile apps that can help you control data usage. 

In the past, if you wanted to restrict the amount of data you used on your mobile device, you’d use a browser plugin, or the apps you were using were likely to use lots of data to keep your data safe.

But now, many apps can make it easier to control data on your phone.

“It is now possible to turn on a feature of the device to control how much data is being used on the device,” said Dr Shambough. 

It’s worth remembering that the vast majority of people aren’t going to be using a smartphone every day, so you should use your smartphone to stay connected to the web.

The new Cox-enabled phones from Samsung, LG and Motorola will make that a lot easier.

And as for the apps that you may not have heard of?

Read on for our top picks for the best Coxes apps.

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