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Heartbleed virus and phones

TBH I'm not exactly sure how the Heartbleed virus works, but does it affect phones? If I was logging into things primarily through my phone, do I still need to change my passwords? How much of it is just scaremongering?

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JanSt / MOD  May. 9, 2014 at 19:45

Yes, it can/could affect smartphones. And yes, it was/is serious... Not as serious as the NSA's shenanigans, but serious enough for the EFF to call it "catastrophic"; and for the TOR project runners to advice users to completely stay off the internet for a few days. Of course, it was only disclosed once the big shooters had a fix, so, really.... Nobody really knows how bad it was. And we will probably hear for a very long time of this and that exploit.

As to the phone... again: YES: do change all your passwords. In fact, I would recommend changing all passwords once or twice a week. Unless you believe in "who cares"...

JanSt / MOD  May. 9, 2014 at 19:51

In fact there are some dire news today - basically saying, nothing users can do when sites f*ck up http://news.softpedia.com/news/Heartbleed-Plenty-of-Sites-Reuse-Compromised-Security-Keys-441472.shtml

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