Beware Of Certifi-gate – Scan Your Android Phone Right Now!
We may think that with all the anti-virus software and prevention mechanisms, we are past the age of mass malware scares. However, these things still do happen.
Dubbed “the new mass Android vulnerability”, Certifi-gate is causing light panic and confusion across the Android world. Check Point Software Technologies have found a problem that is supposed to be affecting a great number of Android devices from leading manufacturers.
Reportedly, the malware attacks the apps pre-installed on your Android, allowing hackers to take remote control of the device and steal personal information.
In the interview to CBS, Gabi Resh, Check Point VP of product management, specified: “Certifi-gate potentially allows cybercriminals to take complete control of any affected Android devices, enabling them to steal information fro contact lists, calendars, location, anything that you have on your device”. Moreover, bad guys can also use Certfi-gate to activate the microphone on your device and listen in on your private conversations.
It is quite evident how this might be a reason for concern. Thus, Android users are advised to check their devices for Certifi-gate to be on the safe side of things.
How to do that? As you may have guessed, there is already an app for that.
Certifi-gate Scanner is a free application that will ask you for less than 1MB of space and is easily downloadable through Google Play. While the app will tell you whether your phone is affected by the malware or not – this is as far as its capabilities extend. That is, it won’t be able t help you out in case you do indeed have the malware. With that said, you have to start somewhere and giving your phone a virus exam may be the best place to do that.
So head over to Google Play Store, and search for Certifi-gate Scanner (by Check Point Software Technologies Ltd.). Once you’ve located the app, install it onto your device.
Open up the app. Everything keeps being pretty straightforward from there on. On the home page of Certifi-gate Scanner, you will see a large red button with the magical “Tap To Scan” on it. There is no sense in originality here, so just tap the button.
The scanning process will then begin and take some time. You will see a bar showing you the remaining time, and once the scanning is complete, you will get the diagnosis whether your phone is infected with Certifi-gate or not.
There it is. The biggest disappointment is, of course, that you will be left to deal with the disturbing diagnosis (should your device be infected) on your own. Mobile manufacturers have not yet come out with the solution for the problem, however going through the standard “How To Get Rid Of A Virus On Your Android Phone” might to the trick.
As a precaution, do not download any third-party apps from unknown providers, as least for the time being.