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Apr 11

Attention Bloggers: Heartbleed Affects You!

Heartbleed Patch Needed

What to do in the wake of Heartbleed

Normally, when you log on to a website and you see the green “HTTPS” in your address bar, you feel pretty safe. Your bank, PayPal, Facebook and Google are all among sites that use encryption to make sure that your private information stays private. However, the Internet just got news of Heartbleed. What is this strange thing with an even stranger name? It’s a bug in OpenSSL, one of the popular methods used to encrypt data such as passwords and credit card numbers.

What does this mean?

In short, OpenSSL hasn’t necessarily been doing its job for almost 2 years.

What should I do?

Expect that your passwords and log-in information have been floating around the Web for 24 months. In the best case scenario, no one has this information. In the worst case scenario, someone has it but hasn’t decided to use it — yet! Changing your passwords is essential.

What sites are effected?

Not all websites that use HTTPs are affected. Not all sites that use OpenSSL were vulnerable. Those that are have, hopefully, fixed the bugs  (if they’re smart). However, there are a lot of websites that you might use as a blogger that are effected.

Mashable has a more complete list of all the websites affected by Heartbleed, and you might use some of them! Check it out.


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