April 18, 2014

Heartbleed + Android: A Not-So Love Story

Heartbleed is a big issue affecting both clients and servers, but as it pertains to Android device, the data is looking a lot more encouraging.

We gathered information from our Heartbleed Detector app, which will tell you if your Android device is affected by the Heartbleed vulnerability. We were happy to find that 96 percent of people who sent us their data were not vulnerable!

As expected, those in the vulnerable category had Android 4.1.1 installed on their phones. This was the same Android version Google explained was affected. However, we also saw some vulnerable devices running Android 4.2.2. This is likely due to custom versions of the operating system floating around.

Anyone with a vulnerable version of Android should look for an update to protect themselves. Otherwise, it’s up to your service providers to patch their systems. Get in touch with them and any company with which you have an online account.

Check out our data below for more information on how Heartbleed is affecting Android users.

Thank you to everyone who shared their data with us!

  1. S D Brossart says:

    I have an unlocked T-Mobile phone running Android 4.1.1 on Simple Mobile. I can’t find a way to update OS in my settings. Any ideas besides buying a new phone? (HTC One – older model)

  2. Google sent me a set of numbers but no info on what they were for . I have no problems I am aware of . Just don’t understand and when I try to contact them I can’t hoping you would know.

  3. me says:

    Have you considered going to a site like XDA development, and checking to see if there is a custom ROM. If HTC doesn’t have an update for your phone then your only choice is to get a custom ROM so you can have the latest and greatest Android options for your device. I have all Samsung devices so I Dont know what HTC has to offer,but I suppose you could also check their website to see if they have an update there. Good luck.

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