Defense Against Crime

14/04/2014

The Heartbleed bug and changing your passwords

Buy now you hopefully you have heard about the Heartbleed bug. If you haven’t please review my last few articles.  There is still Imagesome discussion about when you should change your online passwords in response this internet threat. If you change all of your passwords before Heartbleed is fixed on all the affected sites, hackers can get your new passwords and you’ll have to change them all again.

The flip side of the concern about this two-year old bug is that , hackers may already have your information and could use it at any moment. So should you change your password? .  It is really up to you on how you wish to proceed. I would advise you to change your password immediately. However  I understand it makes things more difficult. If this system you are logging onto has second key authentication, which use your cell phone to provide a second log on key, I would advise you to turn this on as an added measure of security. It’s like having a door with two locks that have different keys. It can be a bit of a pain, but it can make you safer.  Let’s be honest; the Heartbleed bug is a very difficult problem, for all of us.

Fortunately, most of the major sites have updated their servers at this time, so it should be OK to change your passwords. CNET has provided a list of sites that they have tested (http://www.cnet.com/how-to/which-sites-have-patched-the-heartbleed-bug/)  For smaller sites, you can check to see if they’re still a threat with these sites. (https://filippo.io/Heartbleed/)

Here’s a quick list of the major sites that were affected. These are the accounts you need to take care of immediately:

  • Dropbox
  • Facebook
  • GoDaddy
  • Google – including Gmail, Wallet, Play,
  • Intuit
  • Minecraft
  • OkCupid
  • Pinterest
  • SoundCloud
  • Tumblr
  • Yahoo – including Yahoo Mail
  • Wunderlist

Here are the sites where information is still un cleasr. Stay tuned to various internet site to see what develops with these sites:

  • Apple
  • H&R Block
  • Healthcare.gov
  • IRS
  • Netflix
  • Twitter

Mashable has a full chart with more sites, whether there is a patch, whether you need to change your password, and the statement the site has issued regarding the situation. (http://mashable.com/2014/04/09/heartbleed-bug-websites-affected/)

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