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Warning: Check your phone now for this dangerous flaw

Warning: Check your phone now for this dangerous flaw
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If you're an Apple iPhone or iPad user, take warning. At least 1,500 apps for Apple gadgets have a very serious security bug that allows hackers to get into your phone or tablet and steal your passwords, your payment info and almost anything else!

The bug was first identified in March by security analytics firm SourceDNA and is due to some faulty source code known as AFNetworking "that allows developers to drop networking capabilities into their apps." Put into layman's terms, it allows hackers access to encrypted information, such as your passwords and important bank information.

Quickly fixing 1,500 apps is no easy task. Since the flaw was identified, app developers have indeed patched the hole that allowed hackers access, but not every app has been updated yet.

Fortunately, SourceDNA has created a site where you can find out if you have one of these wide-open apps. All you need to do is enter an app name into the search bar on the site and then select the app developer and click Submit. From here, it will tell you if apps from that developer are safe or not.

Click here to see which apps on your phone have the security flaw.

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