No Picture is Safe on the Samsung Galaxy S9
Samsung Galaxy owners have been on high alert ever since the Samsung Messaging App has begun sending pictures stored on their phones to their contacts without permission.
So far, the issue has only been reported with the Galaxy S9, S9+ and the Note 8. Galaxy owners have been complaining about the issue for about a week, mainly on Reddit and Samsung User Forums.
Many users have reported their entire photo galleries being sent to contacts without their knowledge. Even worse, there is no evidence of the photos being sent on the owner’s phone, making it difficult to know if your phone has been affected until it is too late.
Samsung has yet to find a reason for the mysterious photo dumps, and have stated that they have not found any bugs with the Samsung Messaging App thus far. However, it is theorized that a recent update which automatically backs up photos on Google, paired with a recent update to the Samsung Messaging App could be the culprit.
It is recommended that users looking to avoid having their photos shared with everyone, either switch to Google Messaging, or change their default privacy settings. By going into their settings and blocking the Samsung Messaging App from accessing the device storage, users can text via Samsung Message without concern.
Story via Sky News