Saturday, April 12, 2014

Heartbleed Bug: Passwords to Change

This week an email security bulletin from Hofstra University Information Technology focused on the "Heartbleed" bug, a serious bug in the Open SSL software used to secure many popular sites including social media, online banking, email, and health care services with encrypted personal information.  Changing account passwords is a common suggestion for trying to avoid adverse effects of Heartbleed, but it can be time-consuming without having some priorities.  Mashable's article, "The Heartbleed Hit List: The Passwords You Need to Change Right Now," may be helpful in deciding which passwords to concentrate on immediately.  The list covers many prominent social networks, email providers, banks, stores, and commercial and government websites, with advice and comments based upon and made by the providers themselves.  It is also being updated with new information.  You also may want to check out LastPass's Heartbleed checker.

Ernster, the Virtual Library Cat

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