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6 Resources That Will Answer All Your Questions About the Heartbleed Bug


The security vulnerability likely affects most Internet users. These resources best explain what the bug is, what's being done about it, and what you can do to protect yourself.

This week, the Heartbleed bug was discovered, and it's one scary matter. It affects OpenSSL, an extremely popular cryptographic library that is used to secure a great deal of the Internet's traffic. Whether you're famliar with OpenSSL or not, it has likely helped secure your data in some fashion. Minyanville gathered some of the best resources to help you understand what this bug is, what's being done about it, and what you can do to protect yourself.

What Is It?

As NPR writes, "On March 14, 2012, someone introduced a bug that would allow an attacker to get... encryption keys used to protect your communications." An attacker can eavesdrop on you and/or impersonate a company, making it possible to obtain credit card numbers or passwords with relative ease. Read more here:

Or watch this explanatory video:
Bonus: Want a little more explanation about the bug's name and who discovered it? Check out this article:
Which Sites Are Affected?

Now that you understand what it is, the first step is to check if the sites and services you use have been affected by Heartbleed. With a wide array of vulnerable sites -- including but not limited to Google (NASDAQ:GOOG), Yahoo (NASDAQ:YHOO), Facebook (NASDAQ:FB), Twitter (NYSE:TWTR), Minecraft, and OkCupid -- it is likely that most Internet users will need to deal with this security issue. Are the sites you use on the hit list? Find out here:
Can I Do Anything to Protect Myself?

Yes -- you can change your passwords, but as ZDNet explains, this is key: "If you're a user, you don't want to change your password yet. Wait until you hear from your service providers -- whether it's an e-commerce site, your bank, or an e-mail service provider -- before coming up with a new one." Find out why, here:
Finally, stay up to date with news about the Heartbleed bug with the original site created for it by Codenomicon:


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