Saturday, December 03, 2011

drag2share: HOW TO: Tell If Your Android Phone Has Carrier IQ


carrier iq detector

There's a lot of discrepancies and misinformation floating around out there as to which smartphones contain Carrier IQ.

Carrier IQ is the hidden software carriers and manufacturers install on phones to track your device's hardware performance. It can also track which apps you have installed and the URLs you visit. 

Right now, there's no easy way to remove it. Android users can root their phones to uninstall, but that should only be done by pros.

Until carriers give you an option for opting out of Carrier IQ, here's a quick and easy way to tell if your phone has it. Lookout Mobile Security, the same company that helps scan for malware on Android phones, just released a simple app that tells you if your phone has Carrier IQ.

All you do is boot it up and you get a clear message, either "Your device does not have Carrier IQ" or "Your device does have Carrier IQ."

You can download the app for free from the Android Market.

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