A few years ago, Heartbleed was all over the news, and in the beginning 2018 Meltdown and Spectre have been making the rounds. But what are they exactly? While they sound like they should belong in a James Bond film, they are essentially faults in the system that could lead to sensitive data being accessed. While there hasn’t actually been any large-scale data breach, the potential for one is there, which is why people are concerned about it. We’re going to do our best to explain it to you below.
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There’s been a lot of news lately about the Heartbleed website security breach, which has been leaking large amounts of sensitive online information from websites around the world. There are even comics about it. But what exactly is Heartbleed, and why is it so serious? What can you do to protect yourself from it?
We’re going to do our best to explain it.
What is Heartbleed?
To understand what Heartbleed is, first you need to know about SSL/TLS. SSL and TLS are the two most common kinds of connections that web servers form with your computer to keep information exchanged over the internet secure and private. SSL and TLS are known as cryptographic protocols, which is a fancy way of saying that they each use a list of security reinforcements—such as encryption and authentication—to protect your data. Continue reading