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Heartbleed Bug: Passwords You Should Change Now

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heartbleed-bug-passwords-you-should-change-now-headerThe Heartbleed Bug has affected many websites that you probably use on a daily basis. 

The Heartbleed Bug is an encryption flaw that is being referred to as one of the Internet's worst security threats ever. The problem is it is not entirely clear which websites were affected by the Heartbleed Bug. Some online companies have already updated their settings with a security patch to effectively fix the issue, but you will need to go in to these websites to change your password in order to be sure you and your information are protected.

heartbleed-bug-passwords-you-should-change-now-sideThe bug has been active for the past two years, so your personal information, including account info and credit cards, may have been exposed without you ever knowing it.

The good news is, there is no indication that hackers were aware of the bug before this week. 

To be safe, it is a good idea to change all of your passwords. Remember, try to use different passwords for all of your accounts. If one account has been compromised, all of your accounts could become susceptible to hacking if you use the same password. Below is a list of the most common websites that have been compromised and whether or not you need to change your password.

  • Amazon - NO: The site was not affected. There is no need to change your password.
  • Apple - NO: None of the operating systems were affected. There is no need to change your password. 
  • Etsy - YES: The site was affected and a patch was created. You should change your password.
  • Facebook - YES: It is unclear if the site was affected but the company created a patch just incase. You should change your password. 
  • Google (including Gmail) - YES: The site was affected and a patch was created. You should change your password.
  • Groupon - NO: The site was not affected. There is no need to change your password.
  • Instagram - YES: The site was affected and a patch was created. You should change your password. 
  • Microsoft (including Hotmail/Outlook) - NO: The programs and services were not affected. There is no need to change your password.
  • Pinterest - YES: The site was affected and a patch was created. You should change your password.
  • Twitter - YES: This was not affected but a patch was created to avoid it in the future. It would be a good idea to change your password as a precautionary measure. 
  • Yahoo! Mail - YES: The site was affected. You should change your password. 

It's also recommended to check and change passwords on any and all sites you use that save banking information, such as credit card and insurance sites. Overall, changing your passwords for social media and banking accounts every few months is a smart idea!

The bug was named by an engineer at Codenomicon, a cybersecurity company with offices in the Silicon Valley and Finland. Enginners at this company along with Google security researchers discovered the bug a few days ago. It was originally called "CVE-2014-0160" by the Codenomicon team, indicating the line of code where the bug was. Then last Saturday, Ossi Herrala, a developer at the company’s office in Helsinki, called the bug "Heartbleed."

Herrala reportedly thought it was appropriate to call the bug Heartbleed because it was bleeding out important information. 

Check out www.heartbleed.com for more information on the bug.  

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