The Heartbleed Bug: What you need to know to protect your personal data

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By now, you’ve likely heard of the Heartbleed bug, a bug that created vulnerability in encryption programs that typically protect data you enter online such as user name, passwords and credit card information. This epic flaw which was found by a security specialist at Google and website security company Codenomicon. has been around for years, but likely hasn’t been discovered by hackers before it was discovered a few weeks ago.

The flaw impacted sites such as Yahoo, Instagram, Pinterest Ok Cupid and several sites.  Here’s a helpful article from Mashable with a helpful list of sites that were effected. Thankfully, the banking sites weren’t part of this potentially huge security breech, but that still doesn’t mean your bank password information is safe.  If you use the same password across several sites and one of the sites you use this password on was impacted, you should change this password on all sites, just to be safe.

The Heartbleed bug is a huge wake-up call regarding how fragile our personal information has become.


Honey Maid Response to Haters of their Wholesome Families Campaign was a Tearjerker

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Taco Bell Launched their Breakfast Line with a poke at Mc Donald’s. What Happened Next was Amazing

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10 Amazing Quotes from Mark Cuban’s Blue Sky Innovation Event

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Last night Blue Sky Innovation, the Chicago Tribune’s “gathering place for news, analysis and events related to innovation and entrepreneurship”,  hosted an event at 1871 featuring one of my favorite Shark Tank sharks, Mark Cuban.  The extremely successful, always entertaining Cuban didn’t disappoint. Not only was he great on the stage, he was also very…


Arby’s Social Media Manager, Josh Martin, Joins Social Media Masters Summit Line-up

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Vanity Fair Social Lounge (#VFSC) Oscars Week Entrepreneurship Panel

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How @eprahhl Created Her Winning Digital Megaphone Chicago Auto Show Video

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Digital Megaphone Chicago Auto Show Video Challenge Winners

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Tips on Creating a Winning Digital Megaphone Chicago Auto Vine / Instagram Video Challenge Video

Digital Megaphone’s Chicago Auto Show Vine Instagram Video Challenge is just a few days away and we are beyond excited! This Friday, February 7th, over 100 members of the media and social media influencers will be hitting the 2014 Chicago Auto Show’s showroom floor to soak in all the action and capture the best the…