Heartbleed DescriptionType: Possibly Unwanted Program
Heartbleed is a bug that has made notice recently because Heartbleed represents a major security breach over a multitude of online websites. The Heartbleed bug may have compromised information on at least two thirds of active Web pages. This is because the Heartbleed bug affects one of the most basic aspects of online security. Whenever secure data is transmitted online, it is encoded so that a third party will not be capable of intercepting it. Unfortunately, Heartbleed allows third parties to access this information, meaning that their online passwords, messages and other important information may have been compromised. One other alarming aspect of Heartbleed is the fact that Heartbleed has been active for two years, giving those aware of its existence plenty of time to collect the computer users' data.
Protecting Your Data from the Heartbleed Bug
With so many potentially compromised servers, how can you know if your data is compromised? It is possible to check the websites you visit to find out whether they have been affected by Heartbleed. There is an extension for Google Chrome, named Chromebleed, that will warn you whenever you visit a potentially compromised Web page. Also, it was found a website containing a list of compromised websites that were set up by an Italian PC security researcher named Filippo Valsorda. This website and Google Chrome extensions will not guarantee your safety since certain websites may have been compromised but left out of the list.
The Threatening Effects of Heartbleed
Two major websites affected by Heartbleed are Amazon and Yahoo, although they have already been patched. It is important to monitor your bank and credit card statements for unusual transactions; this information may have been provided to a third party. You should also create a new and strong password if a website summons you to do so, although changing too many passwords may make the problem worse in some cases. Unfortunately, since the Heartbleed bug is on the side of the servers and not on the users' side, there is not much computer users can do to protect themselves from Heartbleed apart from avoiding websites that may have been compromised.
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