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One of the biggest thing happened on the Internet in the past few days is the HeartBleed bug. Though the name of this bug sounds like a Rock band, it is not going to make you feel good in any way.

If you do not know, Heartbleed is a recent security bug found in the open-source OpenSSL cryptography library which is widely used to implement the Internet's Transport Layer Security (TLS) protocol. So, you can get the idea that the Heartbleed bug can affect the security of your online accounts. The first thing you should right now is to change the password of all your online accounts like social networking sites, online banking accounts and email passwords.

HOW TO : Check if your Android Phone is Vulnerable to HeartBleed Bug

Heartbleed bug affects the security of servers, websites as well as the smartphones too and every other thing which is using the open-source OpenSSL cryptography library. Google recently admitted that Android smartphones running on Jelly Bean 4.1 and higher can be at risk and Google is going to roll out a patch to fix any security issues. But it is going to take some time. So, it would be better if you check by yourself whether your Android smartphone is affect by the Heartbleed bug or not.

Lookout Mobile Security is out with a handy and nice app Heartbleed Security Scanner to check if your Android smartphone is affected by the Heartbleed bug or if it is safe. All you need to do is to download the app from the Google Play Store, the download link is given at the end of the post, and run it. After scanning your Android smartphone, Heartbleed Security Scanner will show you one of the below three results –

1. If your device is not affected by the Heartbleed bug and totally secured then it will show the below result.

HOW TO : Check if your Android Phone is Vulnerable to HeartBleed Bug

2. If the OpenSSL version of your Android smartphone is affected but the vulnerable activities are not yet enabled, it will show you this result. This is the result which I got for my own Android smartphone running on Android 4.2.2 Jelly Bean.

HOW TO : Check if your Android Phone is Vulnerable to HeartBleed Bug

3. If your Android device is affected and Heartbleed bug and the vulnerable behaviour is activated too then , you will see this result on your screen.

HOW TO : Check if your Android Phone is Vulnerable to HeartBleed Bug

The unfortunate thing is that we can only check the security issue status of our Android devices and we will have to wait for the patch to come officially from Google to fix the security issues with OpenSSL protocol because of the Heartbleed bug. Still, it is better to know how secure is our smartphone and other Android devices from the Heartbleed bug.

Download the Heartbleed Security Scanner

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