Security Failures Leave Passwords Vulnerable to Attacks
In the last few days every Internet user has worried about changing their passwords. Which ones to change, which ones to leave the same. There has yet to be a definitive answer. Heartbleed, a major flaw that made vulnerable passwords and other confidential user information this past week, is not the first flaw to impact Internet users and it definitely will not be the last.
One of the major things Heartbleed showed us is that attacks happen all the time. Whether we know about them or not is irrelevant. In discovering the flaw in the OpenSSL software, Heartbleed cracked the case on a flaw that has actually been around for the last two years. TWO YEARS? So, everything we have done, entered into and saved on our computers in the last two years is potentially vulnerable to hackers and identity thieves. Great.
The fact is, there is not way to keep yourself 100% safe from threats you do not know about. We are all vulnerable at some point. However, the question remains, do we change every password to every account holding personal information? How often should we change it? Do we need to at all? What is the best kind of password? It seems that every time a foolproof password combination is made a key is made to unlock it.
Is there anyway to keep our information safe anymore?