It’s been a while since there was a computer security bug we all had to worry about.
Unfortunately, it seems like we may all have been facing one for two years and not even realized it.
Yesterday, security researchers announced a security flaw in OpenSSL, a popular data encryption standard, that gives hackers who know about it the ability to extract massive amount of data from the services that we use every day and assume are mostly secure.
This isn’t simply a bug in some app that can quickly be updated — the vulnerability is in on the machines that power services that transmit secure information, like Facebook and Gmail.
We’ve put together the following guide to the “Heartbleed bug” for those who want to understand what all the fuss is about and how they can protect themselves. …
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