April 10, 2014
If you have a computer, you’ve probably heard of the Heartbleed Bug. What a mess. The Heartbleed Bug is actually a small mistake in a bit of code, but that code is used on about 60% of the sites that use that little liked sign on a URL address.
It’s complicated, but dangerous. This hole in the security can allow hackers to sneak in and read the memory of the systems that hold your user names, passwords and the content you’re entering.
The weird thing about this problem is that it actually has been around for two years – it’s just that no one knew about it. Or we think that no one knew about it. Hackers could have been sneaking around without any detection since the problem began. No one knows for sure.
Our knee-jerk reaction is to run around changing all of our passwords, but that may not work. You may have already gotten updates from some of your services saying they’ve patched the hole, but until your sites and services take that action, you’re vulnerable until they close that door.