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As a user of the World Wide Web, it is one’s responsibility to learn more about Heartbleed, in order to help protect one’s online identity and to make sure it is protected both now and in the future. “A widespread vulnerability in OpenSSL, the software library used to secure communications on the web, has undermined the security on hundreds of thousands of web servers, and has left online companies scrambling to close the security hole,” states a bold headline written by Robert L. of Eweek Magazine Issue 1. (2014). Heartbleed allows a hacker to extract what was previously thought to be secure information using several rudimentary princip... ... middle of paper ... ...eved April 22, 2014, from EBSCO Janssen, C. (2014, April 14). What is the Heartbleed Bug?
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Some casual websites that seem harmless actually can be a virused website with hackers. You may think that a site that has a secure Hypertext Transfer Protocol over Secure Socket Layer (HTTPS) connection is safe, but it could still be a dangerous site, since the HTTPS at the beginning of a Uniform Resource Locator (URL) only signals that the owner paid for a security certificate (“Chrome Bug Allows Sites to Listen.”). This means that it can still be hacked or hack you. Furthermore, certain sites that have a legitimate purpose sometimes are actually designed to hack your computer. These websites work by taking advantage of privileges and errors in web browsers.