ReadWrite: 7 Heartbleed Myths Debunked

InsightaaS: ReadWrite was founded more than a decade ago (as ReadWriteWeb – it was relaunched under its current name in 2012), and is one of the most widely-read sources of IT news on the web. In “7 Heartbleed Myths Debunked,” ReadWrite’s Adriana Lee brings some clarity to the fervour surrounding the Heartbleed “virus” (starting with the fact that it isn’t!).

People are on edge thanks to Heartbleed, a coding mistake that inadvertently laid waste to the security of many big online services.

The revelation this week shocked the world. And new reports coming out about Heartbleed only seems to inspire more worries, not less. The unfortunate result is a lot of misinformation going around.

Care to join me in a little debunking session? Here are some of the doozies I heard this week, and why they’re not true.

Myth #1: Heartbleed Is A Virus

This OpenSSL bug is not a virus. It’s a flaw, a simple coding error in the open-source encryption protocol used by many websites and other servers.

When it works as it should, OpenSSL helps ensure networked communication is protected from eavesdropping…

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