Heartbleed Part 2: The Handshake Bug

Did you know that researches found this week a bug called the “Handshake Bug”?  This bug gives permission to a hacker connected on the same public Wi-Fi network as you to invade your Internet privacy session.  The only major browser it affected  was Google’s Android mobile operating system.  Please see below to read about what other Web browsers are safe to use.
“Computers and Web servers initiate secure conversations with one another in a process known as a “handshake.” But this week, security researchers discovered a flaw in the way they shake hands. The bug allows a hacker operating between you and a website — say, connected to the same public Wi-Fi network — to snoop in on your Internet session.  Here’s the good news: The handshake bug isn’t as devastating as Heartbleed. The only major browsers it affects are for Google’s Android mobile operating system. And for a hacker to exploit the bug, you and the website must both be running vulnerable versions of the encrypting software, known as OpenSSL. The bug has been fixed, and now it’s up to Web browser makers and website servers to update their systems. According to Adam Langley, a senior researcher at Google (GOOG), these Web browsers are safe: Internet Explorer, Firefox, Chrome (for desktop, iOS), Safari.  According to Qualys (QLYS) engineering director Ivan Ristic, these browsers are vulnerable: Android and Chrome (for Android).” (CNN)
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