Apr 09, 2014

How to minimize risks of Heartbleed OpenSSL bug?

What can be done to minimize the risk of the Heartbleed bug while online? How significant is the security risk to the average internet user?


The advice runs the gamut. Change all of your passwords immediately. Don’t change any of your passwords immediately because they will just be immediately exposed. Personally, II would wait until I was sure the website I was going to change passwords on was fixed before doing so. You can make sure by going to https://www.ssllabs.com/ssltest/ and entering the URL you have a question about. It will test the site for vulnerabilities and give you the results. 


I would monitor your bank account and credit cards for unusual charges. This really is a serious security issue that you should pay attention to. 

The critical, widespread Heartbleed bug and you: How to keep your private info safe

""On the scale of 1 to 10, this [Heartbleed] is an 11," respected security expert Bruce Schneier said on his blog.

Yes, this bug is pretty serious and almost certainly affects at least one of your online accounts. But now that we've got the scary stuff out of the way, let's talk about some of the practical measures you need to know about. "
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