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What Is the Heartbleed Bug?
It's rare that a computer virus or bug is important enough to warrant the kind of attention the Heartbleed bug is currently getting. By all accounts, this one's a nasty one and is well-deserving of the press it's getting. According to most sources, Heartbleed is as bad as an Internet security flaw can get and can result in the loss of personal data, including user names, passwords and credit card information.
Heartbleed is a flaw in the Secure Socket Layer (SSL) encryption software that's in place to protect your data. I heard one computer expert compare the flaw to hiring a group of armed guards to protect an armored car and having them all fall asleep at once. Those with the knowledge needed to expose your data through Heartbleed have free reign to capture anything and everything you transmit.