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 Post subject: Heartbleed bug, change passwords?
PostPosted: Wed Apr 09, 2014 2:05 am 
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Should SPCR forum members change their passwords, since they may have been compromised due to the OpenSSL heartbleed bug?


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 Post subject: Re: Heartbleed bug, change passwords?
PostPosted: Wed Apr 09, 2014 8:13 am 
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I'd be grateful if you didn't change my password. :-)

Your passwords on more sensitive sites than SPCR might or might not have been compromised years ago by bugs you never heard about, by breaches unrelated to bugs or even by design.
The new announcement about this old bug is mainly for people who run servers or sites.
But of course it never hurts to periodically change your important passwords and not use the same ones on many sites (or equivalent). Don't forget to change other stuff as well because it's not only passwords which are affected. The important thing to realize is that this isn't something you should do only this once.


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 Post subject: Re: Heartbleed bug, change passwords?
PostPosted: Wed Apr 09, 2014 11:16 am 
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SPCR does not use HTTPS and is thus not affected by Heartbleed.

On the other hand, the lack of encryption means that anybody between you and the SPCR server (somebody on the same open WIFI, your ISP, routers in between) could read your password, so you might want to avoid reusing the password you use at SPCR. (And change it elsewhere if you reused it.)


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 Post subject: Re: Heartbleed bug, change passwords?
PostPosted: Sun Apr 20, 2014 6:32 pm 
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My precautions tend to be more like pull more cash out of the ATM and use that at Target and other stores for small purchases. I don't need this crap. The fewer transactions you create anywhere the safer you are.

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