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Previously I wrote a posting about creating strong passwords for your accounts. Many people use “weak” passwords that are vulnerable for hackers. This time we have an Internet security hole for websites that start with “https” in the URL. The media is telling everyone to change their passwords; however do NOT change your password until the website provider applies the patch. Once they have applied the patch then you must change your password.

This is a very serious security hole that does not affect all Internet sites that have secured logins. There are a lot of sources to find out what sites are affected. This link provides a list of sites that are impacted that have applied patches and ones that are not impacted. Here is another link about Heartbleed that claims it affects 80% of websites! Here is a link I found regarding WordPress. And here is a tool to check a website heartbleed test. As a side note, I am in the tech field but on the software side. I do not specialize in security but I hope that sharing this information is helpful.

Once you know if a site you use is impacted, do NOT use it until there is a PATCH and then

CHANGE your password to a STRONG password!

12 thoughts on “Heartbleed – Internet Security Hole!

  1. kanzensakura says:

    Would my Norton anti-virus protect against this?

    1. Bernice says:

      Unfortunately it will not. It has to do with the website security that are hosted by UNIX systems that use “Open SSL”. Once they applied the patch you must change your password. This is a security breach from the system side and not someone who hacked into your account or placed a virus on your computer. Norton will only help you if you get into a malicious website that is trying to infect your computer. For this security hole there was nothing we could have done on an individual basis to prevent the problem. Hope this helps?

      1. kanzensakura says:

        It explains quite a lot actually as to why Norton didn’t catch it. I change my passwords every three weeks and make them strong – usually something in Japanese….LOL

      2. Bernice says:

        Well that is good you are careful about passwords and have your own convention to make them strong!!

      3. kanzensakura says:

        since I use the kanji, that makes it a little harder but I still try to be very careful. I just changed all my passwords yesterday, actually.

      4. Bernice says:

        That is good and hopefully you changed them after the patches were applied to the affect sites – though there might be sites that still need to apply their patches. I have a few sites that I need to research to determine if they were impacted. Plus had to change the passwords on my devices.

      5. kanzensakura says:

        I’ll go and change them all again just to be safe. Thank you so much for all of this information.

      6. Bernice says:

        You are welcomed – I am glad it was helpful!

  2. Thanks for the post. Are you working on this issue resolution at your current job?

    1. Bernice says:

      Your welcome. I hope this posting helped a few people. No, we are good at work in regards to this situation. 🙂

  3. willowdot21 says:

    Thank you for the info it is a concerning situation. We all store so much of our lives on the internet these days. xxx

    1. Bernice says:

      Yes it is and this security hole is very troublesome!

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