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Akamai Withdraws Proposed Heartbleed Patch
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User Rank: Apprentice
4/14/2014 | 4:34:33 PM
Dark Corners of Security
SSL encryption is just one small aspect of security in this digital age, albeit an important one, since the padlock icon is probably the dominant symbol of trust in the mind of an online consumer, about to part with her coveted credit card information. However, if you consider all the online accounts she may have, and how many passwords that would be to remember individually (she has to write them down somewhere) and the fact that most allow login using an email address, then the possibility of duplicating passwords over multiple logins is quite likely (or just one, say Facebook?). Therein lies a serious breach issue.  As a responsible designer do you ensure your client's passwords are stored in the database in encrypted form?

Now consider the shared information in the "bright" web. Advertizing (somewhat) miraculously appears on the website she next visits relating to good/services searched for on another. But wait, what if this is a shared computer, is it now just simply a harmless random ad, or is her personal information being unwittingly disclosed?
Charlie Babcock
Charlie Babcock,
User Rank: Ninja
4/14/2014 | 3:47:51 PM
The kind of assurance that is not reassuring
Akamai CSO Andy Ellis says " we had a bug" in withdrawing Akamai's OpenSSL HeartBleed patch. It  seems like more than a bug. It seems like a fundamentally flawed approach to security. This is not reassuring.

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