By now you’ve probably heard about the massive Heartbleed security bug that may have compromised the majority of the world’s web sites. Everyone should change their passwords on the affected sites — but only after those sites have patched the issue. Mashable is maintaining and updating a list of the most popular sites you should change your passwords for.
LastPass users have a built-in Heartbleed checker for their accounts, but that doesn’t help those of us who don’t use LastPass or even new LastPass users. (I imported over 800 accounts into LastPass yesterday and this morning and was told I didn’t need to take any action, probably because the tool saw all my passwords as new.)
Mashable reached out to the major email, social, finance and other sites on the web to create this chart showing which sites have been affected, if they have patched it, and if the sites recommend you change your password now.
So you can see at a glance that you should change your Facebook password, but not necessarily your Microsoft one. Google, interestingly, says it patched its services and you don’t “need” to change your password, but you probably should (better safe than sorry).
You’ll probably want to keep monitoring the Mashable list for those companies (like Apple) who haven’t responded yet, and your email inbox for notices from companies that aren’t on the list.
Happy change your passwords week.