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How to Check for the OpenSSL Heartbleed bug

So what is this “heartbleed” bug? OpenSSL is an open-source encryption security service that a large percentage of websites utilize to secure your information like passwords, messages, and credit card transactions. Sometimes, a computer needs to check if it is still talking to another computer/server, so it sends out a small data packet called a heartbeat. The security flaw, known as a heartbleed, allowed a cleverly-disguised packet of data that appeared to be a heartbeat to communicate with the server, and tricked the server into sending back saved data. Additionally, taking advantage of the flaw does not leave a trace. Uh oh…what are the risks? All websites capture data, and websites that you frequent will capture data such as passwords, bank information, and more. The security flaw unfortunately allowed hackers to gain access to encryption keys, which, in turn, can be used to decipher the encrypted data that is sent from your computer to a website and back. OHGAWD NOW WHAT For the most part, the security flaw was patched and fixed on servers before they released that there was a bug in the system. You should still take precautions and check your accounts with the sites you normally use, especially those with passwords and credit card information.  You can easily double check to see if sites you frequent were affected by visiting: http://filippo.io/Heartbleed/ Quickly tells you if the site was vulnerable, fixed, or unaffected. If you get an error code, check out their FAQ, and then visit:   https://lastpass.com/heartbleed/ Tells you the last date their SSL was updated, if it is vulnerable, or if it does not use OpenSSL   Or CTRL+F to see if a site was vulnerable at the time: https://github.com/musalbas/heartbleed-masstest/blob/master/top10000.txt   For the most part, this under control, but you should check it out for yourself to put your mind at ease. Enhance your calm. Sources: heartbleed.com | GitHub | GitHub...

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April Fool’s Day 2014 – University Edition

Businesses have been expected to fill the internet with ridiculous ideas on April Fool’s Day, but what was unexpected this year was for Universities to come into play. University students? Yes, that’s expected. But University Administration? Pleasantly surprised. University of Rochester Head over to their page to see their campus and majors transformed into Legos. New majors like “Music Chemist” and “Quiddich” have also been added. Wayne State Google Plus is not the only one celebrity photobombing today. Find Kevin Bacon hiding in their main page. Missouri University of Science and Technology MST’s page was taken over by Doge Oakland University OU is offering a new major: Post-Apocalyptic Survival Studies. Colgate University Colgate has finally offered a program that fits! The Colgate School of...

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Google Announces Android Wear

Hinted at SXSW by Sundar Pichai, today Google’s Android officially announced “Android Wear” – a new platform for Android developers to work on apps specifically for the upcoming wearables line. Features for Android Wear: View latest posts and updates from social apps Chats from messaging apps Notifications from shopping, news and photography apps, etc. “Ok Google” commands like Google Now Monitor your fitness Control other devices Developers can download the Developer Preview to start adapting their current apps, with more resources and APIs on the...

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Pigeon Interview

  You’ve seen nothing until you’ve seen a picture of a pigeon having a job interview to become a pigeon. via Imgur

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Star Wars Snowflakes

The holidays wouldn’t be complete without decorations! Designer and artist Anthony Herrera has skillfully created an entire set of do-it-yourself paper snowflake patterns, complete with PDF instructions. Happy clipping! And don’t run with those...

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Quadcopters: Wireless Power Source

Scifi creations are coming into fruition at a rapid pace, case in point with this technological development by the NIMBUS Lab in Nebraska. Researchers have developed a new use for quadcopters by turning them into a portable and wireless power source. Although the range at the time is only about five watts of power from 25 centimeters away, the possibilities for this technology will go far. Cool? Definitely. Usable? Could be. Reminds us a little too much of Skynet? Yeah…. Source: The...

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Nintendo Fanart: Woodblock Style

What could be better than awesome Nintendo character fanart? Epically awesome Nintendo fanart in the form of Japanese Woodblock prints, of course. From the beginning of this month, children’s book illustrator Jed Henry began of series of woodblock style prints featuring classically favorite characters from the Nintendo empire. Follow his progress and check out his work on his tumblr...

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“The Dark Knight Rises” Posters

For your viewing pleasure, new posters  for the upcoming last installment in the “Dark Knight” series, “The Dark Knight Rises” have been released! We hope you’re excited as we are on the film’s release :D And a few more for...

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Heroes and Villains Posters

The best minimalist pieces are defined by using the least amount of lines and reference points as possible, while your brain draws out the rest. This collection of Heroes and Villains posters by graphic designer Andres Romero (AKA “blo0p) plays on this idea with key features of comic book characters. Just one glance, and you’ll know exactly who these are supposed to be. Check out the complete series (and growing!) on imgur and see his other work on DeviantArt and...

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