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Friday 19 September 2014

Security flaw Heartbleed and the websites you use that are affected

Published 10/04/2014 | 21:47

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Flawed encryption technology is posing a threat to password and credit card security
Flawed encryption technology is posing a threat to password and credit card security

Heartbleed is one of the most serious and potentially wide-reaching security flaws to be found on the internet in recent times.

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Discovered by Google and software firm Codenomicon, the encryption flaw affected some of the most popular sites on the internet.

Although your passwords may not have been stolen, if you use affected websites the possibility remains that your security may have been comprised over the last two years.

Security website LastPass have created a Heartbleed checker where you can enter the website address and check if it is affected.

Below is a list of websites, checked by tech site Mashable, that were vulnerable. It is recommended that you change passwords for these sites immediately.

 

Facebook

Instagram

Pinterest

Tumblr

Google (including Gmail)

Yahoo (including mail)

Amazon Web Services

GoDaddy

Dropbox

Minecraft

OkCupid

Soundcloud

Wunderlist

 

While many of the sites listed above have used patches to remedy their vulnerability by now, it is recommended that you change your password.

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