heartbleed… and you thought all your personal info was held just between you, your God, the NSA and that hacker in Eastern Europe who shall remain nameless. No poetry here!

I hoped I could spend the afternoon reading, settled comfy with Billy Collings’ Picnic, Lightning. I had to ruin things by checking my email first only to learn that while WordPress is safe, the technoscenti (no, there’s no such word, but you get the idea) recommend changing our passwords to Facebook and other social networking sites … and to gmail, by the way.  I don’t use any of the other networking sites, but you might. Link HERE to Mashable’s list of sites that are vulnerable to this flaw. It includes corporations, government and tax sites, and banks and brokerage firms …

Related feature:

The Programmer Behind Heartbleed Speaks Out

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  1. Yeah, I heard about this by word of mouth last night. We’re always vulnerable in Cyberspace, to some degree, I suppose, but regularly changing passwords is a good thing, but requires good organisation – I’ve lost count of how many different passwords I’ve got for all the various sites I’m on. Scary.


    1. Apparently this has been out there compromising us since 2011 and was only just discovered. There’s some interesting – and disconcerting – detail in the article you can link to at the bottom of the post.


      1. Yeah, I read it. But the sound bites coming from those with vulnerabilities make like it’s under control. So who are we to be worried, provided we take the ”extra measure’ of changing our passwords 😉


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