Heartbleed, what do I as a user need to do?

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Wow… Another article about the Heart bleed issue…. Just what we need…
Well… Surprise, Surprise, Surprise… This article is NOT about what the hell Heart Bleed is all about and what it did…. This article is about what You (the User) must do because of it… There are tons of articles about what happened, how to fix it from happening again, ect, ect… There are very few articles about what the user should do because of the problem of what happened…

The first thing the user must do is list out all of their web sites and services they login to on the Internet. If you are already running a password vault / maintenance program like LastPass then half the battle is already done. Using the web browser to organize your passwords is the worst way to keep your passwords (unsecured and easy to hack) so using a third secure password vault is key (and the better programs can sync your passwords across multiple devices securely). Another reason for using password third-party vaults like LastPass is the ability to automatically check for hacked sites do to heart bleed hacks against your list. If you need a list of sites to check then here is one of many lists to check against. If you use one of these sites then it is suggested to replace your password with another secure password for that site. There… That’s all the user must do, nothing else… The site in question must do a lot more to prevent this from happening again, but that is for other articles to read…

The main question is when can I use the site again?!? The answer is right after you change the password… No need to wait… After the site’s password is changed then you can start using the site again with no issues… Hopefully the site is communicating with its users regarding the fixes going on and the current status, if not then maybe it’s time to move onto a more security capable website…

Be careful and warned… One of the ways of fixing the web sites is to update the software on the site, to do this the site will go down (go dark) for a time. Don’t freak out when you cannot access it until the upgrade is complete. The minute the website is upgraded and back online with your new password installed its business as usual with that website.

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