Another day, another massive security breach on the Interwebs. This time it’s a bug in the SSL software that only most of the entire Internet uses to ensure secure transactions. And it’s only been like this for two years or so. There is a handy list of the most common websites and whether or not they were affected over at Mashable. This is a pretty serious bug and you should follow the advice an change your passwords ASAP.
I have developed a very simple quiz for you to determine if your data has at all been compromised. Just answer these simple questions. Do you own a device that connects to the internet? If you answered either yes or no to that question, your data has been compromised and you should take immediate action to remedy this. I recommend a nice glass of scotch.
Seriously, it’s that bad. Take that in. Experian, one of only three of the credit bureaus in the U.S., had 200 million identities stolen. And not really even stolen, but bought. No bugs in software, no hacking effort, just some shady dude asking Experian for data and Experian saying, “My you look like a fine upstanding citizen, here you go!” But don’t worry, 200 million is only almost the entire adult population of the country. So the odds are not 100% that your identity is among them.
So yes, the only real viable solution to our data driven world is to drink a little. There is good news, though. Given the enormity of the data that has been stolen and the, thankfully, small number of criminals in the world, there is a very good chance that your stolen data will never actually be used by anyone and it will just end up languishing on a hard drive in Russia for all of eternity. Horray?