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Flaw in website encryption making it easier for hackers to steal your information

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A mistake in some widely used software, could make it easier for identity thieves to steal your information.

 

It is a major flaw in OpenSSL, called the "Heartbleed Bug." SSL is widely used encryption software that usually protects personal information, including passwords, credit card information and e-mails.

 

Tumblr is among the major website's that discovered the mistake and fixed it. Lindsay Turrentine, Editor in Chief, CNET.com says the flaw is making it easy for data hackers " because of the magnitude of the mistake, people who are engaging in malicious activities, people whose job it is to try to steal your data, it's made it very easy to do that, without being detected."

 

There is a test you can run, to find out if a site passes the "Heartbleed" screening. Find out more at https://lastpass.com/heartbleed/

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