The news has been out there for a few days now: OpenSSL, the means by which most major email companies and some banks, etc. keep your information safe has been compromised. At first I did not realize how big of an issue this was until I did some research late last night and this morning. While the companies are scrambling to change their software, your passwords may have been stolen, as this issue has been out there for over a year. The worst part of this is that you may have no idea that your information has been stolen or not, as there is no way to tell until you start sending out spam, or much worse, your identity is stolen…
Change your password everywhere. This is no joke, and it’s something that is supremely important: change your password and not into something that is easily hacked, so use a combination of upper case, lower case, numbers and, if allowed, characters.
A good read (somewhat technical but not as much as others) is here: http://arstechnica.com/security/2014/04/critical-crypto-bug-in-openssl-opens-two-thirds-of-the-web-to-eavesdropping/. And here is full disclosure about the bug: http://heartbleed.com/
Thanks, and stay safe!