Trend Micro releases free Heartbleed scanners for Android, Chrome

TrendMicroHearbeatAndroidTrend Micro has announced the availability of two free scanners for the Heartbleed bug, meant for Google Chrome and Android. The first, a browser add-on, allows users to enter and check any specific URL.

The second, an Android app, is a little more advanced. It checks whether your device or apps are directly affected by the bug, or whether any installed apps access a cloud service which is still vulnerable.

If there are any problems, you’ll be informed. Highlighting any affected app displays more details, including the name of the vulnerable server.

If you don’t plan on using the app for a while then you can wait, and scan again later. But there’s also an Uninstall button to remove it right away.

Keep in mind that detecting Heartbleed is trickier than it seems, and there are questions about the reliability of many existing tools. We’ve found the Qualys SSL Server Test to work well, but whatever you’re doing, it’s best not to rely on one company’s detection tools alone.

Trend Micro’s Chrome and Android apps are easy to use, and appear accurate on our first tests, though, and if you need a “second opinion” test then we'd give them a try.

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