On assuming office, Trump was handed a secure device by officials, but is yet to start using it. This is despite protests from his security team and close aides who had asked him to forfeit his Android phone.
Androids are considered very easy to hack, and that is what is causing jitters to Trump's security team and close aides. A malicious link is all it would take in the form of a message or on social media, and
Trump is known to like his tweets, to hack the phone. As if that is not enough, the device can be hacked into and turned into a listening and surveillance device against Trump. Software from Google is regarded as a low-hanging fruit by hackers and can also reveal the location.
"Mobile devices are extremely vulnerable to being exploited by hackers, and turned into surveillance devices recording conversations, location tracking, capturing data on devices and forwarding it, even taking video footage," said Avi Rosen, chief executive of mobile security company Kaymera.
For this reason, security organizations always encourage the use of secure devices for people who have access to sensitive as well as classified information, and Trump falls under this category.
According to Android Police, Trump' s phone is a Samsung Galaxy S3, which was released in 2012 and has not received any software updates in the past two years.