Would computers and other electronic devices ever have been safe? Probably not. First, everyone worried about Y2K, then it was the Melissa Virus, and now the Heart Bleed Bug resurfaces three years after its creation in 2011. This was a loaded question because as long as there were computer programmers, there would’ve always been hackers. This was exactly the same as phone scams. As long as there was an address and phone number, the scammer didn’t care what part of the name was incorrect.
What was important though, was keeping people’s private information private. This bug affected web sites that used open SSL encryption such as Facebook, Google, and Yahoo, Things like people’s passwords and sensitive credit card information could’ve been compromised.
When the announcement came out about the Heart Bleed Bug, it made me wonder a few things:
- How many web sites were infected?
- Were any of them ones used by me?
- How many web sites needed new password?
Since this virus was meant to steal sensitive information on encrypted sites listed above and the like, it was considered wrong. The Bible said this:
Exodus 20:15 said:
15 “You shall not steal” (NIV)
Exodus 20:17 said:
17 You shall not covet your neighbor’s house. You shall not covet your neighbor’s wife, or his male or female servant, his ox or donkey, or anything that belongs to your neighbor.” (NIV)
So far, the only web site of mine that needed a password reset was MySpace. It was linked to my Facebook profile and wouldn’t take after trying to reset it. Twitter was linked to the old MySpace account before the change over last year so the link was removed. As for how many websites needed new passwords, not very many. Manilla wasn’t infected.and neither was the mobile app Lockout. Since these sites allowed third-party users, it was advised that users wait for the credit card companies that made this fix before rushing to reset their passwords.
Experts said , according to KAUZ Channel 6 in their 10 o’clock newscast last night, it was wise to have done two things:
- Change every password to every site just in case something was not caught by security on that site and,
- Not having the browser remember passwords.
It was even better to download the mobile app from Lockout and find out if one was infected too.