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Posted on: Apr 11, 2014 06:23AM

Moderators wrote:

Dear Members:

As some of you no doubt have heard, the Internet has been struck by a serious security vulnerability, called the “Heartbleed bug.” For those who wish to do further reading about it, here is an assortment of articles:

http://money.cnn.com/2014/04/09/technology/securit...
http://time.com/55337/how-to-protect-yourself-agai...

The short story is that most websites use an encryption framework called OpenSSL to protect data that is transmitted over the Internet (such as credit cards when you make an online purchase, or your username and password when you sign in to a website). The Heartbleed bug makes it possible for hackers to decrypt data transmitted to and from websites that are using the vulnerable version of OpenSSL.

All Breastcancer.org servers were updated to use a patched version of OpenSSL as soon as the patch was made available (early in the morning ET on Tuesday April 8, 2014). We believe that there is a very small chance that any information has been compromised. As an additional precaution, we will be replacing all SSL certificates over the next few days.

That said, it would be prudent for all users to sign out, clear your browser’s cache, delete all cookies, and then sign back in and immediately change your password. Here are some tips on creating strong passwords that are also easily remembered:

http://time.com/15908/best-password/
https://www.schneier.com/blog/archives/2014/03/cho...

Please let us know if you have any questions. Thanks!

The Breastcancer.org Team.

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Apr 11, 2014 06:55AM ruthbru wrote:

For those of us not technology inclined, how does one? (Step by step, please)

*clear your browser’s cache

* delete cookies

"Invisible threads are the strongest ties." Friedrich Nietzsche Dx 2/2007, Stage IIA, Grade 3, 0/11 nodes, ER+/PR-, HER2-
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Apr 11, 2014 10:11AM Moderators wrote:

ruthbru, there are so many combinations of hardware and software among BCO members that it's tough to give those details and have them apply to everyone. However your browser is very likely set up to tell you what to do. In mine, for example, there's a Help menu up at the top of my Firefox browser's window, and its first choice is Firefox Help. Typing "clear cache" or "delete cookies" into the Help menu gives detailed instructions.

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Apr 11, 2014 10:37AM ruthbru wrote:

Well, I will have to wait until my IT son comes home, as my eyes started to glaze over when I tried to read the 'detailed instructions'.....

"Invisible threads are the strongest ties." Friedrich Nietzsche Dx 2/2007, Stage IIA, Grade 3, 0/11 nodes, ER+/PR-, HER2-
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Apr 11, 2014 11:04PM Moderators wrote:

We understand. Lucky to have an IT son! 

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