Affected by this HEARTBLEED bug? Test now!
Affected by heart bleed bug, you don't know maybe. Try using these tests to see if you have been affected. See at the end.
Github has a list of websites, and there’s way to test out whether the bug affects a certain website, including well-known ones.
A confounding computer bug called “Heartbleed” is causing major security headaches across the Internet as websites scramble to fix the problem and Web surfers wonder whether they should change their passwords to prevent theft of their email accounts, credit card numbers and other sensitive information.
The breakdown revealed that it affected a widely used encryption technology that is supposed to protect online accounts for a variety of online communications and electronic commerce.
Security researchers who uncovered the threat are particularly worried about the lapse because it went undetected for more than two years. They fear the possibility that computer hackers may have been secretly exploiting the problem before its discovery.
“I don’t think anyone that had been using this technology is in a position to definitively say they weren’t compromised,” Chartier said.
“I would change every password everywhere because it’s possible something was sniffed out,” said Wolfgang Kandek, chief technology officer for Qualys, a maker of security-analysis software.
Facebook, which has more than 1.2 billion accountholders, also believes its online social network has purged the Heartbleed threat. But the company encouraged “people to take this opportunity to follow good practices and set up a unique password for your Facebook account that you don’t use on other sites.”
Online short messaging service Twitter Inc. and e-commerce giant Amazon.com Inc. say their websites weren’t exposed to Heartbleed. Ebay Inc., which runs the PayPal payment service as well as online shopping bazaars, says most of its services avoided the bug.
Changing passwords on other online services potentially affected by Heartbleed won’t do much good, security experts said, until the problem is patched. The trouble-shooting software was released already.
The problem affects only the variant of SSL/TLS known as OpenSSL, but that happens to be one of the most common on the Internet.
About two-thirds of Web servers rely on OpenSSL, Chartier said. That means the information passing through hundreds of thousands of websites could be vulnerable, despite the protection offered by encryptions. Beside emails and chats, OpenSSL is also used to secure virtual private networks, which are used by employees to connect with corporate networks seeking to shield confidential information from prying eyes.
Heartbleed exposed a weakness in encryption at the same time that major Internet services such as Yahoo, Google, Microsoft and Facebook are expanding their usage of that technology to reassure the users about the sanctity of their personal data.
Use this link to check if your link or url has been affected by Heartbleed Bug.
And if yes, you know what to do right away. Just change all the passwords first - Facebook, Twitter, EBAY, Paypal, Banks, etc..
Open Hi Interest Savings Account? Be Careful!
High interest savings account (HISA) can be used alternatively to GICs. These HISAs typically pay much higher interest rate than money market funds and are ideal for the cash balance in your Registered Retirement Savings Plan (RRSP), Tax-Free Savings Account (TFSA) and investment accounts. Just like online HISAs, Canadian dollar discount broker HISAs are eligible for Canada Deposit Insurance Corporation (CDIC) insurance.
First a note of caution: first check with your investment broker whether any fees are charged for buying or selling HISAs and for early redemptions. For example: Scotia iTrade charges an early redemption fee of 1 percent (minimum of $38.88) on all mutual funds other than Scotia and Dynamic Funds held for less than 90 days. A Scotia iTrade client parking $10,000 for 30 days in a TD HISA will earn $10 in interest but pay an early redemption fee of $100. If the client had instead parked her cash in the Bank of Nova Scotia HISA, there would have been no early redemption penalty.
The savings accounts offered through discount brokers have one huge advantage over high interest savings accounts offered by online banks such as ING Direct Tangerine. The cash parked in HISAs are counted towards the cash balance available in an account. Therefore, these funds are readily available for your trades and your broker may even automatically sell all or some of your HISA to fund your trade. In contrast, online banks are not practical for registered accounts and it may take 3-4 business days to transfer money from (or to) an online bank to (or from) taxable brokerage accounts. These savings accounts are also a much better alternative to traditional money market accounts because they pay a much higher interest rate. For example, as of this writing, the TD Canadian Money Market Fund sports an yield of 0.37 percent which is much less than the 1.25 percent paid by discount broker HISAs.
Tips for getting the most out of HISAs
Many discount brokers also carry US$ high interest savings accounts. Note that US dollar HISAs are not eligible for CDIC insurance.
Manulife Bank US$ Investment Savings Account (MIP511): 0.20%
ICICI Bank US$ HIISA (IBN200): 0.25%
Dundee US$ Investment Savings Account (DYN400): 0.20%
Bank of Nova Scotia US$ ISA (DYN1350): 0.20%
RBC US$ Investment Savings Account (RBF2014): 0.20%
BMO US$ HISA (AAT780): 0.20%
TD US$ Investment Savings Account (TDB8152): 0.20%
Altamira US$ High-Interest CashPerformer (NBC101): 0.20%
Availability at discount brokersThe following information is presented based on reader feedback and Canadian Money Forum posts. Do your due diligence and check with your investment broker first.
Heartbleed bug FIXED - Taxes extended to May 5!!!
May 5 it is this year and not May 1!
Did you delay taxes till now!! Don't, break time is over for anyone delaying income tax filing. The Heartbleed bug that infected Canada Revenue Agency (CRA) computers last week has been fixed!!
The taxman says all systems are "go" now. CRA has extended the deadline to file taxes (E File and Net File) by May 5.
“We apologize for the delay and the inconvenience it has caused to Canadians,” CRA Commissioner Andrew Treusch said in a statement Sunday. “We could not allow these systems back online until we were fully confident they were safe and secure for Canadian taxpayers.”
“I am hoping (the CRA website) is up and running tomorrow,” he said. “ I am paying from my pocket to my staff.” A shoppfinance client says!
CRA disabled EFILE and NETFILE functions on Monday last week after the discovery of Heartbleed, which can exploit a weakness in encryption software meant to protect transmitted information from being intercepted and read.
Usually individual tax returns are due April 30, but because of the service interruption, CRA will not charge interest or penalties on 2013 filings submitted by May 5.
The feds shut down several other unspecified websites last week, but the Treasury Board announced that all were brought back online on Sunday.
CRA stops E-filing for few days! Heartbleed virus!
Author - Atul Prakash
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