No – this isn’t the title of my next romantic suspense novel or a horror novel. Heartbleed is the name of a very serious security bug/vulnerability that exists specifically in the open-source OpenSSL cryptography library widely used on many websites. If you want to know all the techy, geeky details then here are some sites I recommend going to:
How should you deal with this vulnerability? Well, below is the recommendation from one of my tech newsletters I receive and this advice is widely echoed in the tech community.
“For website users, the immediate concern -- and one of the few aspects of the situation over which they have direct control -- concerns their passwords. The prevailing advice at the moment is to change all your passwords, starting with the most critical sites, such as online banking and email accounts. After a vulnerable site has updated its digital certificates, change the passwords again, and that Heartbleed inoculation should be complete.”
For more guidance on this watch the video at the link below: