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Heartbleed Bug

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Wichita Falls, TX - The Heartbleed bug has been identified after three years of being in hiding. Found out by researchers and security experts, the bug threatens all internet users using open SSL. Open SSL is a place to establish a connection on transactions on important information. 

"It was designed to be undetectable, so that's the problem with it," said Tony Landours, Vice President of Web Fire Telecommunications Company."

Any websites in an internet search bar that start with http:// are open to attack.

"So if it's http, it's unsecured. It's just public access to the site. Https:// it's protected," said Landours. "Any local that does any point of sale through a website, can be affected."

Landours says the best thing we can do is be mindful of changing our passwords and protect ourselves with firewalls.

"The passwords, now is the time to go out and change them if you haven't in a while," said Landours. "The thing we do as just you and I being users is we get used to saving our passwords in the browser. Never let the internet save your information. Never."

For more information on how to protect yourself from the bug, visit http://on.mash.to/1juw6NF.
For a list of websites that may need a new password, visit http://on.mash.to/PTgjhh.
Lastly, here is a website that allows you to check if websites you've visited in the past are safe. https://lastpass.com/heartbleed/.

Brody Carter
Newschannel 6