Please Share: Protect Yourself from the Heartbleed Bug

heartbleedIf you are on the Internet and access some secured sites that required Passwords, you have to read this because you might be affected by the Heartbleed Bug. But before you start changing your passwords, you need to know more about his bug.

From the Heartbleed website:


The Heartbleed Bug

The Heartbleed Bug is a serious vulnerability in the popular OpenSSL cryptographic software library. This weakness allows stealing the information protected, under normal conditions, by the SSL/TLS encryption used to secure the Internet. SSL/TLS provides communication security and privacy over the Internet for applications such as web, email, instant messaging (IM) and some virtual private networks (VPNs).

The Heartbleed bug allows anyone on the Internet to read the memory of the systems protected by the vulnerable versions of the OpenSSL software. This compromises the secret keys used to identify the service providers and to encrypt the traffic, the names and passwords of the users and the actual content. This allows attackers to eavesdrop on communications, steal data directly from the services and users and to impersonate services and users.


Here is the link to the website explaining Heartbleed Bug

Click Here to Know More about Heartbleed Bug

So, in conclusion, do not change your password unless you know that the site has already fixed the problem. I guess many will be scratching their head which websites are affected and how do we know if they have fixed the problem.

There are so many websites that are affected that I also do not know how to begin with. Luckily, someone has compiled them.

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Click Here to Check Out the Websites that are Vulnerable to Heartbleed Bug

I guess no one will want to search through that list. Kudos to LastPass. They have setup a site just to check Heartbleed Bug. You will need to key in the site and they will provide you some details of that site.

1. Click Here to Check Websites Vulnerable to Heartbleed Bug via LastPass

or you can use this (I think this is easier 🙂 )

2. Click Here to Check Websites Vulnerable to Heartbleed Bug

If you are still unsure, Mashable has compiled a simple list that shows the more popular websites that are affected by the Heartbleed Bug

Click Here to Check Out the Site

If you have Facebook, Dropbox, Gmail, Google, Yahoo!, you will need to change your password. Good luck to you (and myself)