Heartbleed Web Server Vulnerability and Cleaning Hot Water Tank

4/16/14 Wednesday in Hohenwald,TN (Natchez Trace-TT)

Yes, it was very cold last night. So much so that the frost was still on the grass in the sunshine this morning.


W hung out in the rig all morning. John checked out his computer and TV shows while I worked at solving the Heartbleed issue. Justin (our computer whiz son) said that this is a web server vulnerability (not a virus). Thus some of the websites we visit may never have been vulnerable to it while others were but have (since April 7th when the news broke) patched that vulnerability. Then others are still vulnerable. Justin felt small websites (like for Credit Unions) were unlikely to be attacked by the Heartbleed hackers, so he’s not worried about those. He said most large websites will give you notice on their home page about their status in it’s regard. He gave me a website to use for checking if others were okay: www.filippo.io/Heartbleed. I used it but many of my websites didn’t show as good. You can also Google “site” and “heartbleed”. Since I consider our financial websites the most important I started there. I couldn’t find an announcement at our main one, so I called our advisor and he read their announcement, assuring me it was never vulnerable. In those cases (never vulnerable) you don’t have to do anything. Next I checked my email accounts. In most of those (like Google.com, Hotmail.com, Outlook.com and Yahoo.com) it seems they were patched. That means there is a small possibility someone used that small time of vulnerability to access my account possibly getting my password. So in an excess of caution I’ve changed my passwords for those accounts. Besides, we’re supposed to do that every 6 months or so anyway. Amazon.com was another site that was patched, that we’d happened to use during that small window of time (Xtend and Climb Ladder), wouldn’t you know. Thus went my morning.  UPDATE:  Comment by Justin below.  Google chromebleed or foxbleed if you are using either browser.  After installing this program it will let you know if the website you are entering is vulnerable.

Later John worked on a project: Clean out of our hot water tank. I first knew of it when he appeared with all sorts of insulation looking bits on his sweatshirt and t shirt. He’d forgotten to turn off the water (not to mention the washer/dryer was still running) before opening the tank. Blast of water on him. After shutting all water off it burst out again, but that time he was ready. I’m really glad it wasn’t worse. We relaxed the rest of the afternoon with reading and such. It was warming up and still sunny (almost 60 degrees) so we took our walk around the campground. We stopped at Marie’s place to ask if she’s coming to the potluck Saturday. She hadn’t heard about it and is excited to come.

At that time someone with a 5th wheel was nearby wanting to use the site next to her, but a black car was parked on it. A note was on the windshield from the ranger: This is a full hook up site, not an overflow site. Please contact management. This appeared to be someone saving the spot for a friend. A big no-no. I’m not thrilled with people who think they have more rights (more need?) than everyone else. Sure enough, a few hours later we saw a Class A motor home parked there. Sheesh



About Patricia Elser

I've always loved the loose, flowing, transparent look of watercolors, of Chinese paintings and their calligraphy, but alas, no watercolor classes were available when I was in school, so that interest remained buried until my children were grown. Even then, I was afraid that I couldn't really paint, so upon my sister's advice, I actually started to take classes. I signed up for every class available, determined to learn no matter how afraid I was. I came upon a teacher, Stan Miller, who inspired me, who opened the door to success in watercolor. I love to look at beautiful images. I want to capture them forever. All my life, photography was how I gathered images of the beauty I saw. Thanks to all that photography, I enjoy composing pictures, especially up close. Watercolors allow me to add more of me in their translation of that beauty. My paintings reflect my love for music and dance, with their rhythm and flow. I am fascinated by the play of light, so it appears in my pictures as drama for they are filled with darks and lights. Maybe it's the challenge, maybe it's the beauty, but now, when a work comes together, it fills my soul.
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2 Responses to Heartbleed Web Server Vulnerability and Cleaning Hot Water Tank

  1. Justin says:

    Oh, I meant to tell you, there is an extension for chrome and firefox called chromebleed or firebleed that once installed will let you know if the website you are on is vulnerable. I installed it but haven’t had a single website come up as vulnerable yet. Just do a google search for whichever one you are using, if I remember correctly, you are using chrome so you would want chromebleed.

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