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What’s the deal with Heartbleed?

What’s the deal with Heartbleed?

So most of you have at least heard of the term "Heartbleed" this week.  It sounds like a bad medical condition, and for some it has probably led to something physically similiar, but it is important that you know what Heartbleed is and that you act accordingly.

There is already a ton of great info online regarding this issue so I won't take up too much space here, but I'll give you the basics and let you know if you need to act.

  • Heartbleed is a vulnerability with website encryption.
  • Encryption is for lack of better words, the secret code that your computer and a website's computer talk with each other.
  • All websites using what is know as OpenSSL (a very popular version of the above mentioned encryption) are vulnerable.  This accounts of something near 70 percent of the internet!
  • Heartbleed allows attackers the ability to steal your password data without being detected.
  • This vulnerability has been around for almost 2 years and just now has been discovered.

Most websites and companies affected have already updated their encryption, but that does mean that we all need to go and change our passwords to quite a few sites.  Here is a great list by Mashable on sites that are affected and what you need to do about it. Heartbleed

So basically- go change your passwords ASAP and keep an eye out for any strange activity on your accounts (Which you should be doing anyway) and you should good to go!

-Joel B (MobileNerd)

 

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