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can somebody please explain heartbleed to me
« on: April 11, 2014, 10:37:04 PM »
what exactly is it and should i be worried about it..?


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Re: can somebody please explain heartbleed to me
« Reply #1 on: April 11, 2014, 10:40:54 PM »
It's on the companies to deal with it. You can't really do anything about it except the typical stuff such as watch account activity for anything out of the ordinary.

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Re: can somebody please explain heartbleed to me
« Reply #2 on: April 12, 2014, 12:10:56 AM »
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Re: can somebody please explain heartbleed to me
« Reply #3 on: April 12, 2014, 12:14:46 AM »
They sent me an email tonight.
 

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Re: can somebody please explain heartbleed to me
« Reply #4 on: April 12, 2014, 12:15:48 AM »
yeah i got one thats why i was trying to figure out what its all about. i'm not very tech savvy.


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Re: can somebody please explain heartbleed to me
« Reply #5 on: April 12, 2014, 02:06:51 AM »
"heartbleed" - that has to be one of the most descriptive names for a bug that I have heard of.  Definitely sounds scary.

Oh dear; SD is warning me that  I really should be going to bed.  Now I'll have nightmares about "heartbleed".
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[Job  38:1-5]  Then the Lord answered Job out of a whirlwind, and said: [2] Who is this that wrappeth up sentences in unskillful words? [3] Gird up thy loins like a man: I will ask thee, and answer thou me. [4] Where wast thou when I laid up the foundations of the earth? tell me if thou hast understanding. [5] Who hath laid the measures thereof, if thou knowest? or who hath stretched the line upon it?

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Re: can somebody please explain heartbleed to me
« Reply #6 on: April 12, 2014, 08:03:35 PM »
yeah i got one thats why i was trying to figure out what its all about. i'm not very tech savvy.
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Don't worry man! I'm not either!  I'd try sounding tech savvy once: I was in the computer lab at school, and my computer got a Trojan horse virus, so I went and (trying to sound smart) told the girl watching over the lad that my computer had a Trojan horse.  From the look on her face, I think she mostly heard the part about me having a Trojan....  :-[
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Re: can somebody please explain heartbleed to me
« Reply #7 on: April 12, 2014, 08:19:50 PM »
yeah i got one thats why i was trying to figure out what its all about. i'm not very tech savvy.
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Don't worry man! I'm not either!  I'd try sounding tech savvy once: I was in the computer lab at school, and my computer got a Trojan horse virus, so I went and (trying to sound smart) told the girl watching over the lad that my computer had a Trojan horse.  From the look on her face, I think she mostly heard the part about me having a Trojan....  :-[

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Re: can somebody please explain heartbleed to me
« Reply #8 on: April 12, 2014, 08:42:52 PM »
Trojan horse (Trojan) An executable program advertised as performing one activity, but actually does something else (or it may perform both the advertised and malicious activities).

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Trojan condoms, then, are aptly named. They advertise something, and do that, generally, but also perform a malicious activity.
 

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Re: can somebody please explain heartbleed to me
« Reply #9 on: April 12, 2014, 10:08:53 PM »
Trojan horse (Trojan) An executable program advertised as performing one activity, but actually does something else (or it may perform both the advertised and malicious activities).

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Trojan condoms, then, are aptly named. They advertise something, and do that, generally, but also perform a malicious activity.

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Re: can somebody please explain heartbleed to me
« Reply #10 on: April 14, 2014, 05:17:48 PM »
http://xkcd.com/1354/

https://www.ssllabs.com/ssltest/index.html


The first provides a simply explanation and the second allows you to check if a website you use frequently was affected.  You should consider changing your passwords (facebook, amazon, bank websites, etc.) just to be on the safe side.  Websites that have plugged the gap can still be a problem if you have kept the same password the entire time. 
 

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Re: can somebody please explain heartbleed to me
« Reply #11 on: May 03, 2014, 02:33:23 PM »
I use https://startpage.com which uses the HTTPS protocol and SSL encryption.

This helps one avoid some of the nasty viruses out there (Using a MAC or UNIX O/S is even better).

Here's more information, if interested:

https://startpage.com/eng/top-ten-ways-startpage.html

I've been using this web browser for a couple years and am satisfied with it.
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Re: can somebody please explain heartbleed to me
« Reply #12 on: May 03, 2014, 10:41:59 PM »
yeah but wasn't stuff with "https" the stuff that heartbleed was cracking?


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Re: can somebody please explain heartbleed to me
« Reply #13 on: May 04, 2014, 01:14:08 AM »
yeah but wasn't stuff with "https" the stuff that heartbleed was cracking?

Yes and no.

Different way of doing things: https://support.startpage.com/index.php?/Knowledgebase/Article/View/705/0/rest-easy-startpage-is-secure-from-heartbleed-ssl-threat