You have probably already heard about the “Heartbleed” bug. The bug affects OpenSSL which is used frequently to encrypt and protect your user data and passwords on websites. The “Heartbleed” flaw is an encryption issue that makes your data and info vulnerable. A fix does exist, but it may not have been rolled out to all the affected sites yet.
The Mashable Team has done a great job reporting on the Heartbleed problem. The team makes the information easy to understand. The articles below should not take longer than 15 minutes or so to consume. For many more details, I highly recommend these articles by the @Mashable Team:
Yes. You will need to change your passwords.
Start thinking about your new passwords. You owe it to yourself to take a few moments to upgrade your password from “1234” or your birthday. The world is too advanced for any of us to maintain weak, poor passwords. Keep in mind that changing your passwords at intervals is a great idea too. You do not have to wait for the next bug, flaw or vulnerability to alert you to change your passwords. You can schedule password changes throughout the year.
I urge you to please read: “How to Choose Good Passwords” by Carnegie Mellon’s School of Computer Science. This is a clear and informative post about choosing a strong password. I have found it to be an excellent reference and I use the guidelines described in the article.
I wish you luck as you continue to navigate the internet.
Have a great day,