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    What is the “Heart bleed bug” and how can it affect you?

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    Re: Heartbleed Bug

    Originally posted by omkar011 View Post
    What is the “Heart bleed bug” and how can it affect you?
    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.
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    • #3
      Re: Heartbleed Bug

      Heartbleed is serious flaw in the OpenSSL encryption which can allows a hacker to steal your private data.

      Basically when it should provide certain information the bug makes it possible to retrieve more data with that information which is a big flaw.

      You can read more about it here in detail: What is the Heartbleed Vulnerability bug?
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      • #4
        Protect yourself from Heartbleed Bug

        Yes, Heartbleed is serious flaw in the OpenSSL encryption and could affect nearly two-thirds of websites online. And if exploited, it can put your personal information at risk by leaking out your passwords and login names. But there is also a way to protect yourself from Heartbleed bug to some extend.

        Steps to protect yourself:

        1. Go to any of the below Heartbleed Checker tool and enter any website URL to check if it’s vulnerable. Feed (Beta)

        2. If you find the site is safe your next step would be to change your password immediately for that site.

        3. If the site is vulnerable, then your best way is to monitor the activity on that account frequently looking for unauthorized activity.

        Remember, site should get patched before changing your password , otherwise it will not protect you and your information.
        Once a site has been patched and password has been changed so it’s no longer vulnerable to the Heartbleed bug.

        Here’s some tips to remember while changing the password for the site:

        a. Use strong passwords that include a combination of symbols, letters and numbers, also they should be longer than 8 characters in length.
        b. One can use two-factor authentication for increased security. So that when anytime someone tries to log into the account, such as those for email, social networks and banks, you will get a one-time code.

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