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App tells you if the Heartbleed bug is enabled on your Android phone

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App tells you if the Heartbleed bug is enabled on your Android phone
So you read all about the flaw in OpenSSL called Heartbleed, and you're worried that hackers are quietly accessing the data on your Android phone. On Friday, Google said that smartphones running Android 4.1.1 are vulnerable to getting the bug. Marc Rogers, principal security researcher at Lookout Mobile, says that versions of Android 4.2.2 modified by a carrier or handset manufacturer, can also carry the Heartbleed flaw.

For your piece of mind, there is an app available from the Google Play Store that will tell you whether or not your Android phone is at risk of being an open gateway to your personal information. Developed by Lookout Mobile Security, the aptly named Heartbleed Detector does exactly what its title suggests. First, the app determines if your phone has one of the affected versions of OpenSSL. If it does, the app then checks your phone to see if the Heartbleed bug is enabled. If it isn't, your phone is fine. If it is, you need to have a security patch from Google downloaded and installed.

Keep in mind that Lookout didn't call the app Heartbleed Killer for a reason. The app will only let you know the status of your phone. It also will not tell you if the apps and websites you use have the bug. If apps you use are affected, it will be up to the developers to send out updates.

Instead of spending your days pacing back and forth, and being short with the people in your life, why not bite the bullet and download the app. This way you can know for sure how your handset stands in regards to the Heartbleed bug. You can find the app in the Google Play Store where it is a free download.

Screenshots show the three possible results from using Heartbleed Detector on your Android phone
Screenshots show the three possible results from using Heartbleed Detector on your Android phone
Screenshots show the three possible results from using Heartbleed Detector on your Android phone

Screenshots show the three possible results from using Heartbleed Detector on your Android phone


source: HeartbleedDetector via ArsTechnica, Gizmodo

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posted on 15 Apr 2014, 18:19 2

1. zlebors (Posts: 5; Member since: 10 Apr 2013)


Is this a Lookout advertisement?

posted on 15 Apr 2014, 20:02

2. LAFN (Posts: 47; Member since: 19 Jul 2009)


I am sick of Android getting all the apps first! When is this coming to windows phone or iphone?

posted on 15 Apr 2014, 23:07 1

7. vincelongman (Posts: 1711; Member since: 10 Feb 2013)


If you have a iOS/WP device, or a Windows/Mac/Linux/Unix computer, you should also be concerned as heartbleed affects many devices using OpenSSL
Here's decent list of apps affected/unaffected
http://www.digitaltrends.com/mobile/heartbleed-bug-apps-affected-list/#!EiwQ6
And you can use this to check which websites were affected/unaffected
https://filippo.io/Heartbleed/

posted on 15 Apr 2014, 20:07 1

3. networkdood (Posts: 6326; Member since: 31 Mar 2010)


Lol...careful..this may give you Heartbleed...

posted on 15 Apr 2014, 20:11

4. networkdood (Posts: 6326; Member since: 31 Mar 2010)


OK...so this is not a virus or malware..just an FYI...but most devices will have this but it will not be enabled on most devices...yet...
Hey..there should be an 'Enable Heartbleed' setting for it....lmao

posted on 15 Apr 2014, 20:38

5. CX3NT3_713 (Posts: 2010; Member since: 18 Apr 2011)


This app is the heartbleed virus,

posted on 15 Apr 2014, 22:14

6. joey_sfb (Posts: 3252; Member since: 29 Mar 2012)


Good to know that my phone everything is OK.

posted on 16 Apr 2014, 10:33

8. Augustine (Posts: 800; Member since: 28 Sep 2013)


Apparently, KitKat has the faulty version of OpenSSL, yet it's safe because the faulty encryption method is disabled, according to this app.

posted on 16 Apr 2014, 13:22 1

9. Crispin_Gatieza (Posts: 309; Member since: 23 Jan 2014)


Another reason to keep my BlackBerry Z10.

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