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Heartbleed Security Flaw Leaves Most of Internet Vulnerable

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Security researchers say millions of Internet surfers may have had their passwords, credit card numbers and other sensitive bits of data exposed by computer hackers.

The breach - codenamed "Heartbleed" - may have gone undetected for more than two years before being discovered recently.

The breach affects the kind of encryption technology called OpenSSL.

The encryption technology is used by an estimated two-thirds of web servers. You can usually tell if the site is using OpenSSL from the lock icon in the browser to let you know the site is sending data back and forth to your computer securely.


Most of us rely this encryption to protect online accounts for everything from email to instant messages as well as online commerce.
There is now a way to close the security hole. But computer security experts suggest that's the electronic equivalent of locking the barn door long after the cows have escaped.

CNET has advised the following to users as the fix to this problem is being implemented:

Get confirmation of a security patch, change passwords of sensitive accounts - CNET recommends getting this changed on accounts like banks and your email (yahoo, gmail) first.

Contact small businesses that have your datado this to make sure they are secure. Small businesses might not be aware of the flaw.

Check financial statements for the next few days. Attackers can access a website's memory for credit card information.

To learn more about Heartbleed click here


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