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This free Android app could save your phone from the Heartbleed bug

Published Apr 11th, 2014 4:04PM EDT
How To Test For Heartbleed On My Android Phone

The NSA has apparently known about Heartbleed for years, but the general public was only made aware of the devastating bug a few days ago. Many of us are at a loss for what to do, but smartphone security firm Lookout is living up to its name with a free app that will allow you to check and see if your Android device is vulnerable. Lookout’s Heartbleed Detector app determines which of OpenSSL is running and then tells users whether or not their phones could have been affected by Heartbleed.

If the app finds a vulnerable device, it won’t be able to wipe the bug from your system, but Google is already sending out patches to mobile phone carriers than will eliminate the bug. It’s not going to stop any leaks, but you’ll known if you need to be cautious until the patch goes live for your phone or tablet. Be sure to check for software updates regularly until you see the patch.

Remember, don’t start changing all your passwords or rerouting your bank accounts quite yet — if your phone, tablet, PC or any other devices have been affected by the bug, “you give anyone who exploits a still-vulnerable site access to your new password.” For now, it’s best to limit your online presence until you’re sure that the services you use have been secured.

Check out the free Heartbleed Detector app on Google Play.

Jacob Siegal
Jacob Siegal Associate Editor

Jacob Siegal is Associate Editor at BGR, having joined the news team in 2013. He has over a decade of professional writing and editing experience, and helps to lead our technology and entertainment product launch and movie release coverage.