Last week’s most important news was the discovery of a bug named ‘Heartbleed’, an OpenSSL vulnerability used by thousands of servers, programs and applications that could allow third parties to steal your valuable data by intercepting connections considered to be safe. Most web services claim they have already patched their software, but mind you, there are still many companies and web services that have not yet spoken about their patching status, which only adds insult to the injury.
There are many online tools that can help to diagnose what services are secure or not, but let’s not forget that Android itself uses OpenSSL (along with a good bunch of apps) and this is where these three Heartbleed Scanner apps come into play.
The purpose of these apps is simple: they scan your device to check your Android version and determine what version of OpenSSL is being used. After the scan, they will show a report in which you will see if your device is vulnerable to this bug. The following three tools are completely free, very small sized and they detect vulnerabilities in a matter of seconds.
Bluebox Heartbleed Scanner will perform a scan on your system and on the libraries of each application to check if they are secure or affected by the bug.
CMSecurity Heartbleed Detector is another app that will detect whether your system and installed apps are vulnerable to the OpenSSL bug.
Lookout Heartbleed Detector is a very good and fast scanner that will scan your system for the OpenSSL vulnerability. It won’t scan apps, though.
All these apps’ sole purpose is reporting if your system or apps are vulnerable to the Heartbleed Bug. They won’t attempt to fix or patch them, as it is the developers’ responsibility to update and patch their respective apps. It is up to you to keep a vulnerable app installed and wait for an update from the developer, or uninstall it altogether.
Free Mobile Apps of the Week
1. Bluebox Heartbleed Scanner
For Android 2.3.3 and up
Size: 35 KB
2. CMSecurity Heartbleed Detector
For Android 2.2 and up
Size: 280 KB
3. Lookout Heartbleed Detector
For Android 2.2 and up
Size: 219 KB
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