Mobile Users Can Download Avira App and Immediately Check Safety of Email Accounts
Security expert Avira announced today that iOS and Android mobile users can utilize Avira's mobile app to immediately check whether their email address is at risk after the recent Gmail breach.
On Wednesday, reports of a massive Gmail password breach came to light. Up to 5 million stolen Gmail accounts and passwords were published on a Russian forum. After further analysis, as many as 5 million Gmail addressees as well as 5 million passwords were published. However, it is an important distinction that many of the passwords do not match the Gmail accounts with which they are associated.
Google announced that only 1 to 2 of the passwords match and that it has secured those. It has also stated that its systems were not breached in any way.
Vinod Varma, head of engineering, R&D at Avira, said, "It could be that passwords stolen from previous security breaches such as Adobe or LinkedIn happened to be the same ones that people used for Gmail and the hacker put together different data sets to come up with this list. All 5 million breached Gmail accounts have now been added to Avira's Identity Safeguard database for the public to check their individual email accounts."
To check whether your Gmail address is one of those listed on the Russian website, users can use the free Identity Safeguard tool in Avira's iOS and Android mobile apps.
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- To download Avira Mobile Security for iOS devices: https://itunes.apple.com/en/app/avira-mobile-security/id692893556?mt=8
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