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The chilling 'Heartbleed' bottom line: 'Change all of your passwords everywhere'

The chilling 'Heartbleed' bottom line: 'Change all of your passwords everywhere'
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The "Heartbleed" bug is a nasty one. It affects nearly two-thirds of all websites. It lets hackers easily steal encryption keys, visitor usernames and passwords, financial data and plenty of other information they shouldn’t have.

I told listeners in a radio interview this morning that we all needed to change our passwords; I noticed another expert quoted in an AP story this a.m.: “I would change every password everywhere."

The irony is that this big strikes right at the one thing we thought made our passwords safe online - that "https" URL designation. Click here to learn more about how Heartbleed exposes your information on several different websites. 

There is going to be a lot of news in the coming days at analysts figure out exactly what happened. Check in here on my blog in the coming days for developments.

So what to do now? First, figure out whether your favorite site been compromised. Click here to check to see what sites have been infected. 

Update: The Heartbleed bug is obviously the focus of a great deal of internet attention right now, and the news, and developments, are fluid. My readers are getting a lot of conflicting and confusing information from these URL checkers. LastPass, for example, indicates a possible problem with Komando.com, though my site was never at risk.

My advice is to change your passwords for now and check back to my blog for news as it comes out from the various major sites. I'll keep you updated!

 Need help resetting your passwords? Click here for easy tips and tricks to create hard-to-crack and easy-to-remember passwords. 

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