Carrier IQ has quickly become one of the most popular topics in the cellphone industry. It’s one of the main security concerns when it comes to Android devices (as well as other platforms). Carrier IQ is facing pointed fingers and even court. (Read this article for more details)
There’s a long list of devices that have this software installed. Soon after we learned that Carrier IQ could be tracking our every action, developers started releasing apps that detected if Carrier IQ was installed on your device, but none of them came from a well-known security app company.
Lookout Labs has joined the fight against Carrier IQ, releasing their app Carrier IQ Detector last week. This app basically does what the title implies. It informs the user if his/her device has Carrier IQ installed. The app does nothing else.
Lookout goes on to say that this app will not remove Carrier IQ. And the Lookout team does not advise that users try the online guides for removing this software, as it could cause problems and put the device at a higher security risk.
This application does not remove Carrier IQ software from your device. Because Carrier IQ software is deeply integrated with handset firmware, users would be required to attain special device privileges in order to remove it. Side effects of this process have the potential to put users at further risk of malware infection while making devices ineligible to receive firmware updates in the future. If you are sure you know what you are doing and would like to remove Carrier IQ software from your phone, there are a number of guides available online.
If you have made previous attempts to remove Carrier IQ software from your device, our Detector may still report its presence. This can be caused by incomplete removal attempts that do not remove all relevant files.Carrier IQ DetectorLookkout Labs
So there you have it. The app comes from a well-known source, and has over 100,000 downloads. Go ahead and find out if your device has Carrier IQ in its guts, and hit the comments to let us know your results. Will anyone be trying to remove Carrier IQ? Are you worried about the possible security risks associated with such software?