Computer Security Expert says “On A Scale Of 1 To 10, The Hearbleed Bug Affecting Almost Everyone Online Is An 11”
By now you have heard the many news reports about how the ‘Heartbleed‘ bug has affected the Internet.
Did you know that this bug has been present for over two years now, since March 2012?
We have sifted through a lot of the articles that have been posted about this bug.
The three best articles we have found are these:
- 5 rules for using the Internet after ‘Heartbleed’
- The ‘Heartbleed’ security flaw that affects most of the Internet
- ‘Heartbleed Bug’ puts web security at risk
Since our readers are very concerned about their privacy and security, here are our recommendations.
Q Wealth Analysis:
The security flaw needs to be taken seriously. We recommend taking the following steps:
- Don’t immediately change your passwords. Check your financial and e-mail web sites first using this web site: Heartbleed test. If the site(s) pass the check, then change your password. If you do not check the web site first you risk having your new password compromised.
- Monitor your credit card statements for unusual activity recently.
- Use a mobile VPN when using public WiFi! This is extremely important. It is okay to use pubic WiFi and hotel or airport connections, but you need to protect yourself with a mobile VPN. We last wrote about this in September 2013 with the post “Are you ready to take control of your e-mail now?” The need to use a reliable VPN is even more important now, especially on mobile devices.
If you would like a free one-week trial of the Crytohippie Road Warrior package, which includes a mobile VPN service, then please use the Contact page at SecureLaptop.org to request one.
This is a serious threat to your Internet privacy that needs your action in order to be protected.
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As a follow-up, here is an article on what passwords it is safe to change now (as of April 10, 2014):
Remember to always practice safe computing and use a VPN.