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Name: Carol
Santa Ana,Ca. (Zone 10b)
Sunset zone 22
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ctcarol
Apr 9, 2014 6:10 PM CST
Dave, What's your take on this news? http://news.yahoo.com/heartbleed-exposes-millions-online-pas... My son called me while I was in mid tax filing to tell me about it. I use IE and Yahoo.
Name: Caroline Scott
Calgary (Zone 4a)
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CarolineScott
Apr 9, 2014 6:29 PM CST
The Canadian Revenue Service is down because of this!
We can not do an E-file of our Income taxes.
Name: Connie
Willamette Valley OR (Zone 8a)
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pardalinum
Apr 9, 2014 6:59 PM CST
The IRS uses 3rd party vendors for US e-file. No way would they take down their site for any reason anyway. I don't worry since all of my personally identifiable information has already been hacked from gov. servers anyway. Angry That said, I refuse to e-file-- the IRS doesn't like that of course.
Name: Dave Whitinger
Jacksonville, Texas (Zone 8b)
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dave
Apr 9, 2014 7:01 PM CST

Garden.org Admin

Don't log in to your financial bank's website until you have received confirmation that their servers are protected. At this moment I'm assuming every bank is vulnerable and I'm not logging into my own bank or paypal or any other financial site until I am satisfied they've taken the steps they need to take to fix the issue.
Name: Carol
Santa Ana,Ca. (Zone 10b)
Sunset zone 22
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ctcarol
Apr 9, 2014 7:03 PM CST
That's not what I wanted to hear! My files were accepted, but does that mean the refunds will make it into my bank account? Scary stuff! Hoping Dave will chime in on this, even though it isn't plant related.
Name: Dave Whitinger
Jacksonville, Texas (Zone 8b)
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dave
Apr 9, 2014 7:33 PM CST

Garden.org Admin

No, your data reached the destination.

There is a very, very small (but real) risk that while conducting business on that website, personal information could have been leaked from your computer to bad guys on the internet.

It's a small risk, but it's there and it's fixable. I'm dismayed that so many institutions have not immediately fixed this. All they have to do is upgrade their openssl software (extremely easy to do) and generate new private keys (not as simple, but very doable.)

At the moment the secure web is unbelievably fragile. I'm not sure when I'll log into my bank again.
Name: Dave Whitinger
Jacksonville, Texas (Zone 8b)
Charter ATP Member Region: Texas Master Gardener: Texas Permaculture Raises cows I was one of the first 300 contributors to the plant database!
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dave
Apr 9, 2014 7:34 PM CST

Garden.org Admin

And as a side note, if you're using IE you should seriously consider switching. These days I recommend Google Chrome.
Name: Jennifer
48036 MI (Zone 6b)
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jvdubb
Apr 9, 2014 7:37 PM CST
My brother is a computer tech and he told me to switch to Google Chrome
Name: woofie
NE WA (Zone 5a)
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woofie
Apr 9, 2014 7:57 PM CST
I don't do online banking, but I do pay bills online. How can we find out which companies have upgraded their software?
Confidence is that feeling you have right before you do something really stupid.
Name: Dave Whitinger
Jacksonville, Texas (Zone 8b)
Charter ATP Member Region: Texas Master Gardener: Texas Permaculture Raises cows I was one of the first 300 contributors to the plant database!
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dave
Apr 10, 2014 7:19 AM CST

Garden.org Admin

http://heartbleed.hostgator.com/
Name: Hetty
Sunny Naples, Florida (Zone 10a)
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Dutchlady1
Apr 10, 2014 7:57 AM CST
Thank You!
Name: Sandi
Austin, Tx (Zone 8b)
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Bubbles
Apr 10, 2014 10:15 AM CST
Carol, thanks for alerting us. And thanks to Dave for reminding us to change our passwords, as well as how to check for potential risks.
Name: Greene
Savannah, GA (Sunset 28) (Zone 8b)
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greene
Apr 10, 2014 10:27 AM CST
Question please. @dave, you said in the post above that these days you are recommending Google Chrome. I thought you recommended Firefox? Has something changed?

Either way, I know I need to stop using IE. What's the best replacement? Please help this poor village idiot. Rolling on the floor laughing


Sunset Zone 28, AHS Heat Zone 9, USDA zone 8b~~"Leaf of Faith"
Name: woofie
NE WA (Zone 5a)
Charter ATP Member Garden Procrastinator Greenhouse Dragonflies Plays in the sandbox I was one of the first 300 contributors to the plant database!
The WITWIT Badge I helped plan and beta test the plant database. Dog Lover Enjoys or suffers cold winters Container Gardener Seed Starter
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woofie
Apr 10, 2014 10:44 AM CST
I'd like to know as well, if and what about Google Chrome might be superior to Firefox?
Confidence is that feeling you have right before you do something really stupid.
Name: Hetty
Sunny Naples, Florida (Zone 10a)
Plumerias Photo Contest Winner: 2015 Charter ATP Member I was one of the first 300 contributors to the plant database! Garden Ideas: Master Level Plant Database Moderator
Forum moderator Region: Florida Cat Lover Garden Sages Cactus and Succulents Tropicals
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Dutchlady1
Apr 10, 2014 10:47 AM CST
I have used Chrome now for a couple of years and have never looked back.
Google Chrome did not pay me for this endorsement Hilarious!
Name: Dave Whitinger
Jacksonville, Texas (Zone 8b)
Charter ATP Member Region: Texas Master Gardener: Texas Permaculture Raises cows I was one of the first 300 contributors to the plant database!
Garden Ideas: Master Level Beekeeper Garden Sages Avid Green Pages Reviewer Celebrating Gardening: 2015 Plant Identifier
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dave
Apr 10, 2014 11:02 AM CST

Garden.org Admin

Firefox and Chrome are both excellent browsers. Chrome happens to be MUCH faster for me, so that's why I use it. I can't bear to use a slow browser and Firefox just isn't fast enough anymore, alas.
Name: Greene
Savannah, GA (Sunset 28) (Zone 8b)
Rabbit Keeper Critters Allowed Celebrating Gardening: 2015 Plant Identifier Garden Ideas: Master Level Garden Sages
Herbs Region: Georgia Region: United States of America Native Plants and Wildflowers Dog Lover Composter
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greene
Apr 10, 2014 11:25 AM CST
Thank You! I tip my hat to you.
Sunset Zone 28, AHS Heat Zone 9, USDA zone 8b~~"Leaf of Faith"
Name: Suzanne/Sue
Sebastopol, CA (Zone 9a)
Sunset Zone 15
Region: California Plant Database Moderator Roses Irises Clematis Garden Photography
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Calif_Sue
Apr 10, 2014 11:27 AM CST

Plants Admin

Yep, I was having slow issues with FF too and last week I finally switched to Chrome, much better. Alas, my laptop crashed shortly after that, not due to the browser of course, and I am currently on Safari with my IPad.
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Name: Dave Whitinger
Jacksonville, Texas (Zone 8b)
Charter ATP Member Region: Texas Master Gardener: Texas Permaculture Raises cows I was one of the first 300 contributors to the plant database!
Garden Ideas: Master Level Beekeeper Garden Sages Avid Green Pages Reviewer Celebrating Gardening: 2015 Plant Identifier
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dave
Apr 10, 2014 11:34 AM CST

Garden.org Admin

Once Chrome copied over my Firefox bookmarks, the only difference I could tell was that it was faster! That's how similar the two browsers are to each other.
Name: Suzanne/Sue
Sebastopol, CA (Zone 9a)
Sunset Zone 15
Region: California Plant Database Moderator Roses Irises Clematis Garden Photography
Cottage Gardener Keeper of Poultry Hummingbirder Bee Lover Butterflies Birds
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Calif_Sue
Apr 10, 2014 11:35 AM CST

Plants Admin

I agree
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