Stopping the "heartbleeding"

Created: 04/11/2014 1:56 PM WHEC.com
By: Associated Press

It's called "Heartbleed" and since it's been uncovered, it's causing heartburn for computer users and those responsible for trying to make them secure for business, shopping, communication and other online dealings.

Websites have been scrambling to fix the problem, which was revealed just this week but has been around for more than two years. It involves the encryption technology that is supposed to scramble sensitive information as it's being sent from one computer to another. The security hole would make it easy for hackers to pick off personal info, while users assume they are surfing safely.

Experts still can't figure out whether the system has been exploited all this time or whether hackers were unaware of the possibility of mining all that information. And that means Web users are left to decide whether they should follow advice to change their passwords to keep their personal information from being compromised.

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