Unless you’ve been hiding under a rock, you’ve heard of Heartbleed and are probably wondering how you can manage your passwords and protect yourself from Heartbleed on your iPad. Many websites have been compromised because of this OpenSSL bug that exposes random amounts of memory on web servers by anyone who knows how to hack into them, which really isn’t that difficult. Many websites, even the larger ones have been compromised by Heartbleed, such as Pinterest. This social photography site recently sent bulk emails to their users to urge them to change their password as their servers had been compromised.

The best thing you can do is be very careful where you login for the next week or so to allow websites to update their security certificates proving they are safe from Heartbleed. You might be getting notifications now letting you know your favorite sites have updated their certificates and if you have gotten these messages, then you know those websites are safe to proceed to login to.

The next step to manage your passwords and protect yourself against Hearbleed on your iPad is to change the passwords you have been using to login sites. It is important to wait to do this until after you know the website has updated its certificate though, otherwise you will just end up having to change it again. It helps if you use a password manager and PasswordBox is an excellent free app for iPad, or you can choose from a variety of other password manager apps.

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