How to check if your iOS or Android device is hit by the FREAK hack

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Scared that the FREAK hack attack can hit your iOS or Android device? I've got a simple way to find out, and more details.

The FREAK (Factoring RSA Export Keys) flaw lets hackers launch a man-in-the-middle attack on Secure Sockets Layer (SSL) and Transport Layer Security (TLS) connections. Hackers can intercept your connections and infect your PC with malware. I've written about how to check if your Windows PC is vulnerable, and how to protect your Windows PC against it.

It turns out that iOS and Android devices are vulnerable to the attack as well. FireEye security researchers looked at the most popular apps in Google Play and the Apple App Store and found that plenty of apps are vulnerable to the hack -- a whopping 1,999 of them. More Google apps are affected --- 1,228 of the most popular popular Google Play Android apps with more than 1 million downloads  are vulnerable. The vulnerable apps have been downloaded more than 6.3 billion times.

As for iOS apps, 771 out of the most popular 14,079 iOS apps are affected, although primarily only if they're running on iOS versions lower than 8.2. Only seven of the apps were also vulnerable if running on iOS 8.2

An even bigger issue is whether your mobile browser is vulnerable. Many are. To check whether your moble browser is vulnerable, head here. I checked Safari on multiple iOS devices running iOS 8.1, and the site reported all as being vulnerable. However, iOS 8.2 fixes the problem. So if you're running any other version of iOS, update right away to iOS 8.2.

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