Understanding Heartbleed and Know Its Affected Sites

These past few days, news about Heartbleed has spread in the internet, scaring almost everyone of the users. When you search in Google what it is, you’ll see lots of relevant sources talking about it but most of them are using technical terms which some of you might have difficulty understanding. So here, I gathered all important information. Let’s start with a video explaining Heartbleed.

Now your next question might be what those affected sites are. Mashable provided a huge list and they keep on updating it: http://mashable.com/2014/04/09/heartbleed-bug-websites-affected/. If your favorite sites were not included in the list, here are some of the tools you can use:

  1. Filippo Heartbleed Checker
  2. LastPass Heartbleed Checker

If the tools above say a website is safe, then you can start changing your password. However, if they say a site is still vulnerable, then you need to wait for it to be updated and secured before changing your password.

In changing passwords, below are some helpful tips:

  1. Make sure its not very short. A strong password should be at least 8 characters.
  2. Try to include special characters and numbers. You can also include spaces in between.
  3. Mix uppercase and lowercase letters.
  4. You can also use the password generators.