My mailbox is flooding with companies asking me to change my password for various services following the news of the Heartbleed bug. The Heart Bleed virus allows hackers to exploit a flaw in the OpenSSL encryption software used by a majority of major websites to steal data like credit card numbers, passwords, and other personal information. The first defense for Internet users, then, is to change your passwords to protect your information from being taken and abused.
Google admitted that devices running 4.1.1 widely known as Jelly Bean can be at risk and they’ve already released a patch but it’ll take a long time for the patch to reach your device as the partner and carriers will test it first and then release it to your device. Meanwhile, Security company Lookout has released a free app called Heartbleed Detector to help verify if your Android device is at risk. All you need to do is to run the app to check the status of your device :
If your device is not at risk, it’ll show you the below screen :
If your device has been affected by the heartbleed bug but the vulnerabilities are inactive, it’ll show the below screen :
and, if your device is affected by the heartbleed bug vulnerability attack, it’ll show the screen as below :
Unfortunately, there’s not much you can do if your device is infected because there is no solution available yet apart from the patch by Google Android so all you can do is just to wait for that patch to be available and meanwhile get a good antivirus for your Android Phone.
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