No one likes bugs in their software. So, over the last few years, companies have created bounty programs to eliminate them with the help of a community. The latest to follow the trend is Samsung, which is introducing the Mobile Security Rewards Program today.
The program asks security experts to analyze Samsung’s phones and related software in an effort to create the safest experience possible. Samsung wants to know if there are any loopholes in its devices and its services, the latter of which includes apps like Bixby and Samsung Pay.
Devices involved in the Mobile Security Rewards Program are from the Galaxy S, Galaxy Note, Galaxy A, Galaxy J, or Galaxy Tab product lines. If a device belongs to one of those series and was released in 2016, there’s a good chance it’s eligible. Samsung says you also need to have services active and updated to submit any bugs.
Rewards of up to $200,000 will be issued by Samsung for successful submissions. The amount of money is dependent upon the researcher’s explanation and the severity of a potential vulnerability.
It’ll be difficult to fool Samsung and think you’re going to easily pick up some cash. The company is going to be very thorough in working with researchers as they present issues within its software; therefore, you need to actually know how to find issues, talk about them, and possibly offer up a resolution.
Along with the help of its community to identify bugs, Samsung will continue rolling out monthly security updates for its flagship devices.