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HeartBleed Bug is as vicious as it sounds. Internet hackers have been having a field day since Monday, as servers i...
HeartBleed Bug is as vicious as it sounds. Internet hackers have been having a field day since Monday, as servers in the millions have been exposed to the bug, caught through the encryption software toolkit, OpenSSL.
The security-threat bug makes servers vulnerable, revealing large chunks of data. It presents the chance that personal information that is saved on your computer--such as bank account details, usernames, passwords, emails, messages and close to nearly all actions performed over the Internet--will be plundered.
All that really needs to be known about OpenSSL is that this toolkit is the carrier of the worrisome bug. Considering most people use apps and websites that have data sent to and fro, 90 percent of these servers will encrypt the received data through the infected OpenSSL. Nearly all Internet users are potentially caught in the web.
According to Heartbeat's website, “Your popular social site, your company’s site, commerce site, hobby site, site you install software from or even sites run by your government might be using vulnerable OpenSSL.”
Public log-ins and password changes
At all costs, avoid sharing your social media, email and bank account usernames and passwords from any public Wi-Fi domains. In addition, passwords from all of the above accounts should be changed.
Clear browsing history and protect bank account details
To sidestep giving the bug any of your personal information, a good tip is to clear your browsing history, session keys and cookies. As a precautionary method, check your bank account statement as often as possible, and avoid sharing any bank account details through email or other forms of messaging.
This bug, which according to ICSI security researcher Nicholas Weaver is “catastrophically bad” and “hugely damaging,” is a real security nuisance. To circumvent the threat, make sure to follow the tips above, or watch this video with guidelines on how to upgrade OpenSSL.