I don’t think I’ve ever seen the reaction to an Internet security problem like the reaction I’m seeing with the Heartbleed bug. I expected to get email messages from security experts, but not the volume that has been coming in. Then I logged on to Facebook, and my feed was in pandemonium. People are totally freaked out by the news of this vulnerability, but I’m not sure which concerns them more: That their personal information may be compromised or that they are going to have to change a lot of passwords.
Let’s take a deep breath and get some points straight. I reached out to a number of experts to get their insights into this issue.
First, we should all take this very seriously. For those who may not understand what the Heartbleed bug is, the Heartbleed bug website explains it clearly: