The Heartbleed Bug: Definition and how to deal with it

Yesterday, a new digital bug, the 'Heartbleed Bug' swept the world of the Internet with a grand threat of creeping into one's personal e-commerce and even government services transactions.

Heartbleed Bug

It was said that the computer bug exploits the flaws found in the codes that are used to encrypt your web browsers and secure servers.

Once in, the 'Heartbleed Bug' can fetch certain kilobytes of data sitting right inside your computer or system's active memory.

The bug is officially labeled as 'CVE-2014-0160', with the nickname 'Heartbleed'. It is so because it tinkers with a piece of code called 'heartbeat', the one that's being run by servers during a site encryption using a digital process library called OpenSSL.

When the 'Heartbleed bug' is in the work, it opens some 64kb of data from your random access memory or RAM. The said data can be used by a hacker to monitor Yahoo! mail servers to trap people's email addresses and pass codes.

Other things that can be acquired are your server's security certificates and also, master keys from memory. Keys generated while you log on to a secure website can also be harvested.

Is Heartbleed Bug preventable?

Well, it looks like, while you maybe trying to hop on to secure servers to conduct your online transactions, a tailored program found its way in. Worse, there have been no crystal clear ways yet to determine whether a server has already been attacked by the 'Heartbled bug' or not. However, you may check a site's vulnerability via '' and LastPass.

Heartbleed Bug

Furthermore, upon checking a site or server using the link above, Adam Oxford of recommends that for a peace of mind, some of the best things for you to do are:

  • delete all cookies
  • delete saved passwords and site data from your browser cache, and
  • change as many passwords as you can
  • practice making unique passwords for different sites
Oxford reminded to never change passwords for the compromised sites until they're fixed. This is to prevent exposing yourself to an unnecessary risk.

Heartbleed Bug is also known as Heartbleed OpenSSL Bug.(Source)

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