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BPI Trade Website Compromised by Heartbleed? Maybe Not

Just a brief background on Heartbleed Bug. Remember that "lock" symbol at you're browser's address bar? That tells you that your connection is encrypted. It means that when someone tries to eavesdrop on your connection, they cannot read your information because it was jumbled.


Early this week though, researchers discovered a bug or an error in the technology behind that lock, OpenSSL. Meaning to say, sometimes, it wont work. The worst thing though is that about 70% of the internet uses that technology. It means that some websites, including the ones where you use your credit card number and PIN can expose you to hackers.





Well, I'm not an expert in internet security so I will leave it to the experts to tell you what to do. But I would like to share what I learned recently.

Turns out that there many tools available for you to find out if a website has an exposure to this bug. One of them is Chromebleed. It is a free Chrome extension that will pop out once you enter an exposed website.

And here's what I found today. BPI Trade may have an exposure!

Updates:
But of course, I'm not sure. I double checked with filippo.io Heartbleed tester but it also cannot say for sure.
I checked with LastPass.com and it says BPI Trade is safe.


For those who are not familiar, BPI Trade is a popular online brokerage service for stock exchange here in the Philippines. Is BPI aware of this? Probably and hopefully because the whole internet is abuzz about this issue and many websites are scrambling to patch their servers.

For the mean time, I would like to recommend this article from Market Watch website for some tips on how to safeguard yourself from Heartbleed.



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