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5 Steps on How to Protect Your Smartphone and Tablet Against Heartbleed Bug

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The Heartbleed bug is very bad and currently affects around 66 per cent of all Web sites across the globe which means your smartphone and tablet are also vulnerable. Fortunately, there are ways to protect your device by strengthening security measures against Heartbleed.

Heartbleed on Mobile

According to Digital Trends, Heartbleed can affect mobile devices as well once exploited, but the risk factor is not as high as with computer browsing Web sites. Based on reports, Heartbleed bug vulnerability risk level depends on which operating system is running a mobile device.

  1. iOS ? Safety strength is high.
  2. Windows Phone OS ? Above average safety strength.
  3. BlackBerry OS ? Under investigation regarding safety strength.
  4. Android OS ? Vulnerable, especially on Android 4.1.1 Jelly Bean.

Checking Android Smartphone

Based on Google?s report, about 34 per cent of all Android devices in the world run Android 4.1.1 Jelly Bean version equivalent to at least 300 million Android smartphones and tablets vulnerable against Heartbleed bug.

In order to determine if your Android device has caught Heartbleed bug, download an app from the Play Store called Heartbleed detector.

In case your device has the bug, you may try these steps to fix the problem:

  1. Get the latest software version using the built-in software updater app on your device which may contain the Heartbleed bug patch.
  2. Logout all apps affected by Heartbleed then login them back again. It temporarily fixes the problem, but somehow tasking to do every day.
  3. Changing password is a considerable option. Avast recommends to use random collection of letters, numbers and symbols, make a new password with eight characters or longer and create a unique password for every account.
  4. If you are browsing in a Web site which asks you to change password, do not ignore it.
  5. For increased security, create a two-step authentication for your accounts.

Unfortunately, there is no exact solution yet regarding Heartbleed bug since it is an open-source code issue that affects what Internet users utilise online.

Users cannot do anything to completely block the infection and effects of Heartbleed and the only possible thing is to become as secure as possible.

Photo Source: Google Play Store

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