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Heartbleed bug: 7 college tips to protect students

Monday, April 7, saw the discovery of the Heartbleed security breach that attacked the encryption protocol known as OpenSSL. Heartbleed can access the memory of data servers and sensitive personal data like usernames, passwords and credit card information that is saved there. Many popular websites that use OpenSSL have been scrambling to write software patches to protect themselves against Heartbleed. College students are especially vulnerable as they frequently search the Internet and shop online. Here are some college tips for students to protect themselves.

The Heartbleed security flaw has been called the worst vulnerability found on the Internet. (Credit: Winston Ross)

The Heartbleed security flaw has been called the worst vulnerability found on the Internet. (Credit: Winston Ross)

College students vulnerability to Heartbleed

While Heartbleed affects about one in five general users of the Internet, college students are more likely to be affected. Read more