Heartbleeding the Internet

holySmith!WordsLeave a Comment

Sometimes I really despise the world wide web, but I can’t go a day without it. For it is here that I make my living, expand my knowledge and give an ear to Mike Shannon when my Cardinals play ball.

And it’s also here where I stare up at a mountainous pile of account passwords that need updating. Between my own stuff and that which I use for work and for my clients, I can safely guess that I’m dealing with at least 500 different logins. It’s almost certainly more than that because it would take too long to really do an accurate count.

Clients have hosting logins, domain registrar logins, WordPress logins and other website admin logins, plus a Google Account. Then they have social media accounts, email campaigns, apps and whatever else. For those that I control and decide to change, I have to notify all kinds of people. Then I have to wait for approvals or for others to make the changes. It’s exhausting.

I also have all that for my multiple websites and profiles, plus the various services I use, like time tracking apps, stock photos, SEO tools, various software and the like.

When the “Heartbleed” OpenSSL bug was announced, it pushed me to change a few of these passwords just to be on the safe side. A few days went by and it was clear that this thing was a lot bigger than just a few sites, so pretty much every website and it’s grandma were prompting for a password change. I encourage you to do this, especially on any account that contains any personal or credit card info, or any account that, if hacked, would present a major problem for you (like Gmail or Facebook).

I normally change my more important account passwords on a regular basis, but when so many sites are affected, it becomes a massive headache. This has turned into several days (and counting) of password changes.

Even with handy services like LastPass, I’m finding that no matter what way I try to handle managing profiles and passwords, it’s overwhelming. I feel like I’m standing at the foot of Mt. Login staring up at 14,000 feet of rocky terrain that I have to figure out how to climb. At the end of the day, I’d much rather be pissing and moaning about having to do all this than having to try to recover a hacked account or stolen funds.

Oh, Internet.

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *