Heartbleed – What it is and what you need to do about it

There’s been a lot in the news recently about the Heartbleed bug. This article gives you the low down on what it is, how it affects you and what you need to do about it.

The video below is fairly typical of what came out inthe news this week:

So as you can see the issue is not on your computer but in Open SSL, a piece of  software which sits on servers on the Internet.

By now most of the sites which this affects will have installed the fix.

Once a site has the patch (fix) in place you need to go and change your password. This is laborious, but essential for any site where you might lose money or anything important. So start with your bank accounts and work out from there.

Many of us use the same password over and over of different sites. After all who can remember 100 plus highly secure passowrds? I know I can’t.

What I do is use a password manager. I only need to remember one very secure password to access my password manager and then it remembers all the others. Password managers can usually generate secure passwords for you as well.

There are a number of password managers around and many web security packages also include a password manager. They can be accessed from any browser and oftern have mobile versions as well.

Here is a round up of the ones I have used at some time.