By now you've surely seen dozens of news reports about the Heartbleed bug. The viral threat has led to the shutdown of several Canadian government websites, the need to reset dozens of passwords, and even the potential paranoia that you may be one of the 900 Canadians whose SIN numbers has been stolen from the CRA website.
But what is Heartbleed, exactly?
Sure, there are lengthy explanations out there on how it's a bug in OpenSSL encryption, allowing for malicious parties to snoop into supposedly secure data. But one of the best and simplest explanations has come from popular web comic XKCD, who has summed up in very basic terms how the bug works, and how it can be a bad thing for you.
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So there you have it. Of course, Heartbleed is a lot more complicated than this, but at least you now have a better idea of why you should be changing every one of your online passwords.
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