How to Combat the Heartbleed Bug

In case you’ve been hiding under a rock, you must be aware that there is a security issue plaguing the internet and it has something to do with the vulnerability of OpenSSL.  The security flaw is called Heartbleed Bug and it comes with the risk of having your private data stolen.  OpenSSL is an encryption that is supposed to help us secure our data, particularly passwords and other private details, but a flaw in the encryption opens it to attack and therefore, possible theft of data.  There is a patch for this flaw, but websites must do them individually.

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If you want to learn more about the Heartbleed Bug, read this. Now there isn’t much that can be done at this point on the part of the public as much of the security patch to be done can only be done by website owners.  However, there are steps that can be done to at least minimize the effect of the Heartbleed Bug.  Released by Kaspersky Lab, Here are the steps that can be done to soften the effects of the Heartbleed Bug.

1.  First, you need to check if the websites you have logged on to are vulnerable to the Heartbleed Bug.  To do so, you must use this site.

2. Then you can set your web browser up to monitor web server certificates.  This is done in order to check if sites have actually implemented the security fix.

3. Change your passwords once you learn that the websites you use have patched the security flaw.  Doing this before the patch will not help you.

In addition, you can watch this video.

Source:  Kaspersky Lab

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