Need To Know About The Heartbleed Bug
You have probably heard or read about something called the Heartbleed
bug. You may have ignored it because you didn't think it applied to
you. Or maybe you were overwhelmed by the conflicting advice on what
What is it?
Heartbleed is not a virus. It is an encryption flaw in OpenSSL, a
widely used piece of open source
security code. The flaw has been present for over two years, but only
this affect you?
Google, Yahoo, Facebook, Dropbox, and many other websites that we
use every day were vulnerable, exposing sensitive account
information. This is some serious stuff.
What should you do?
that were vulnerable to the bug have updated their servers with a
security patch to fix the issue, so now is the time to change your passwords.
It was advised to wait until sites implemented the patch, otherwise
your changed password would still be vulnerable.
This should be a wake-up call for strong passwords,
using different passwords for different accounts and changing them
often. Here is a past Web Tip on How to create
a strong password.
You can use
the resources below to learn more about Heartbleed and take
action to protect yourself.
Helpful Resources for Heartbleed
Lynda.com has a short video that explains in plain terms
what Heartbleed is all about and what you should do, including
instructions on how to change your password in some major sites like
Facebook, Google, Instagram, Twitter and Dropbox.
video by Lynda.com on How to Protect Yourself.
has a page where you can check specific URLs to see if they were
affected by Heartbleed.
There is also
website called LastPass that offers a Heartbleed
Checker, where you can check website URLs
to see if they have patched this flaw and if it OK to change your
Here is an
excellent Infographic on Major Sites Affected by
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