By now, I’m sure you’ve heard of the Heartbleed Bug and are in the process of taking steps to protect yourself. This is not a virus or malware but actually a security vulnerability that could potentially affect the majority of Internet users. Running around changing all of your passwords is actually not the recommended solution. So, this week in #FridayFinds, I’m sharing some resources that will give you more insight and links to what you should be doing to keep yourself safe. You’ll also find out about a new blogging resource that you may want to check out and a fun post on ten of the best viral videos online.
What the Heart Bleed Bug Means to You
This week, one of the top stories in the news revolved around the “Heartbleed Bug”. Rather than a bug, Heartbleed is actually a security flaw in OpenSSL. OpenSSL is an open-source encryption standard that is used to transmit data. This vulnerability (called the Heartbleed bug) can expose our data to hackers. For a better understanding of both Open SSL and this vulnerability, let’s take a look at this video that Armand Valdes (@ArmandTweets) created for the “Mashable Explains “series.
Don’t be too quick to run around changing all your passwords though. Until a site has been patched, changing your password could potentially expose your new password to hackers. For an easy to understand look at what’s going on and (most importantly) what to do, check out Taking The Confusion Out of the “Heartbleed” Vulnerability by Kimberly Brink-Castleberry on Just-Ask-Kim.com.
One of the resources that Kim includes is The Heartbleed Hit List: The Passwords You Need to Change Right Now that was recently published by the Mashable.com team. (With over 350k shares, you’ve probably already read this article.) Possibly, the most notable of the sites that were vulnerable and have been fixed (at this time) are: Amazon Web Services, DropBox, Etsy, Facebook, GoDaddy, Google/Gmail, Instagram, Intuit/Turbo-Tax, Pinterest, Tumblr and Yahoo.
Announcement of the Brainy Marketer
Most of you who have known me for a while, know that I love sharing information and new resources. My mantra has always been “We can all learn from each other”. In addition to Kimberly Brink-Castleberry, I’m also a big fan of John Paul Aguiar. Actually, both Kim and JP are two of the bloggers who I wrote about in my post 2 Steps to Stalking the Popular Kids and Getting More Traffic (originally published 3/2/11 but still a strategy that I recommend and adhere to).
So, what is the Brainy Marketer? It’s a new resource for bloggers. What John Paul has done is launch a new blog that features twelve bloggers who are experts in their field. For a great read on what the Brainy Marketer is, check out Adrienne Smith’s post Learn How To Be A Smarter Marketer on AdrienneSmith.net. Adrienne has done a nice job of giving us a snapshot of who these trusted bloggers are and what topic each of them will be covering. Also, you can watch this video.
10 Viral Videos You May Have Missed
Speaking of video, this week, I came across a post that should get you thinking about what makes a good viral video. Even more, I’m hoping to give you some good laughs to get your weekend started. 10 of the best ever viral videos on CreativeBloq.com includes the famous Old Spice commercial (I never get tired of watching him) the 2011 Volkswagen ad and a hidden camera ad. Have fun watching and sharing.
Over To You
Have you been updating your passwords? Do you recommend Last Pass or another password manager? Had you heard about the Brainy Marketer or watched any of the viral videos highlighted here? Feel free to add your thoughts, ideas and opinions in the comment section and thank you for being here!