News about the awfully-named Heartbleed Bug is all over the place. Over the past two days I received some great questions from friends and clients…only a few of which I could answer. Not only is this security flaw bad (it is) it’s also REALLY hard to explain—even if you fully understand it. Which I don’t. Problem is, I’m not convinced anyone else does either, except those who discovered the problem. What is known for sure is the potential damage is really scary to contemplate.
As you may have seen in the media – or on the bright blue bar at the top of your Google account login screen – Google has revised its Terms of Service to include a new “Shared Endorsements” setting. Similar to what Facebook does, it uses your data (photo, name and/or comments) to include in product reviews and ads that are displayed to those you are connected with. And no, you aren’t getting a share of the ad money. What’s particularly irritating about it is that you have to actively opt-out of this new default.
Horror stories are great Halloween fun, but not when it comes to your online security. If you do anything online, even if you don’t have a website – there’s lots of opportunities for Internet hobgoblins to ruin your day.