The One Minute Week – Heartbleed, VPN Client Security Update and Streaming Media Options

one minute week

The one minute week starts with the only place that makes sense right now – the Heartbleed Bug. If you’ve had a hard time wrapping your head around all the tech-talk, the bottom line is that Heartbleed is a real problem for just about everyone that uses the internet. It’s a recently discovered vulnerability in OpenSSL, the open-source software package broadly used to encrypt Web communications, and reportedly affects up to 2/3rds of the websites on the internet.

What is Heartbleed?

Heartbleed is a security vulnerability that allows attackers to eavesdrop on communications, steal data directly from services and users, and impersonate services and users on affected systems.

IronSocket has put up a response to the Heartbleed Bug that you can find here, which contains everything you need to know about it.

You can also use this tool to find out which websites you visit or have accounts with have been affected by Heartbleed: https://filippo.io/Heartbleed/

The last bit of business on the topic of Heartbleed is the news that if you use the OpenVPN Client, you need to update it as soon as possible.

New Servers Added to Our VPN Network

This week we welcomed two new countries to the IronSocket Global Server Network, bringing the total number of countries we have servers in to 35! Welcome, Jakarta, Indonesia and Riyadh, Saudi Arabia!

Protecting Your Privacy Online

We ran two features on the blog this week focusing on the simple things you can do to protect your online privacy and security, one focused on desktop and general online security, and the other on keeping your mobile devices secure.

Battle of the Set Top Boxes

The good news is we have good options, lots of good options when it comes to streaming media players in 2014. The bad news is that choosing between the recently announced Amazon Fire TV, Apple TV, Chromecast and Roku 3 is mind-meltingly difficult. TechCrunch were kind enough to write up an article that compares all the boxes (and one stick) to make choosing that much easier.

 

About Dan Johnson

Dan has been involved with computers in the early 1990s with a 2400 baud dialup modem. Since then, he has been working on various internet projects for over a decade and makes a conscience effort to inform others about staying safe on the internet. Currently he works with IronSocket and some other online side projects, when not hiking through the pine forests around his house.