How To Protect Yourself From the Heartbleed Bug | What you need to know

by admin / 10 April 2014 / No Comments
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Yesterday, security researchers announced a security flaw in OpenSSL, a popular data encryption standard, that gives hackers who know about it the ability to extract massive amounts of data from the services that we use every day and assume are mostly secure.

This isn’t simply a bug in some app that can quickly be updated. The vulnerability is in the machines that power services that transmit secure information, such as Facebook and Gmail.

What is the Heartbleed bug?

Heartbleed is a flaw in OpenSSL, the open-source encryption standard used by the majority of websites that need to transmit the data that users want to keep secure. It basically gives you a secure line when you’re sending an email or chatting on IM.

Here’s the 411 on the HEARTBLEED BUG and how it affects most of us …

1)  If you have not already done it, you should CHANGE YOUR PASSWORD on your FACEBOOK, TWITTER, and SKYPE/OUTLOOK.COM accounts immediately!!

2) Here is a list of KNOWN vulnerable sites in Alexa’s Top 10,000 Websites on the Web:

https://gist.github.com/dberkholz/10169691

3) If you are not sure if a site you visit and share info with (if you have created an account with a username/password) … You can check websites ON-DEMAND using this link:

http://www.lastpass.com/heartbleed

4) IF you do online banking, I would strongly suggest that you change your password IMMEDIATELY, but then contact your bank and make sure they have patched the HEARTBLEED SSL VULNERABILITY, and then change your password AGAIN!!

IDENTITY THEFT IS THE MOST LUCRATIVE CRIME IN THE WORLD!!  IT IS URGENT TO TAKE THESE MINIMUM STEPS — SO YOU DO NOT BECOME A PART IF THIS STATISTIC!!

PLEASE TAKE THIS WARNING VERY SERIOUSLY!!