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About The Heartbleed Bug

Screen Shot 2014-04-10 at 8.33.39 AMAs you may have heard, a major vulnerability in internet encryption was discovered this week. Upon learning of the vulnerability the SquidTeam worked quickly to close the loophole, and our affected servers were upgraded Tuesday evening.

We have not detected any malicious behavior as a result of this potential vulerability. However, as an added precaution we encourage you to change your Squidoo password.

You can read more about this “Heartbleed” vulnerability at

In general, it’s a really good idea to use a different password for every site you use online. If you use the same password, that means that if it’s been exposed in one place, you ought to change it everywhere.

If you have any further questions please feel free to reach out.

Bonnie Diczhazy is the Editor-in-Chief of the SquidooHQ Blog. Send her a Tweet at @bdkz.

  • dawnraeb

    I am so glad that Squidoo takes care of these things so quickly. And for communicating what is going on. Thank you.

  • calconcrete

    Great emergency reaction time! Hopefully other critical sites like on-line banks have done as well. Unfortunately apparently there is no way to tell if they have done a fix before using them.

  • vikksimmons

    That is really interesting. I’m glad you shared this with us.

  • Gloriousconfusion

    I’ve already received several emails about this and it’s quite a pain, isn’t it? I must have about 150 passwords to change and I’ve just ordered off Amazon something I have been intending to buy for ages: a special Password Book, with alphabetical. As soon as it arrives, I shall start on this mammoth task, and then of course there is the Log-in files to amend for each log-in – I envisage several hours’ work now

  • jsr54

    Thanks for the confirmation and information.

  • veryirie

    Thanks for the quick response! I was just reading about this last night on Facebook.

  • LindaJM

    I must have several hundred passwords to change then!!

  • scarlettohairy

    It’s good to know this has been fixed on your end. I read that we should wait till the fix is in place to change passwords. Thanks!

  • flycatcher

    I just tried to change the password via Settings and it didn’t save the new password. Fortunately I had a record of the old password so didn’t get locked out permanently, but obviously it would be good to be able to change password. Clearing cache and cookies had no effect… Is there a recommended way to set a new password, other than by the ‘change password’ button under Settings?

  • onlinebootfair

    This problem was known over 2 years ago, and its only now that the news and media have decided to let us know? it would have been better if they told us when they first heard about it.

    But never mind, better late than never.

    • OneFootPutt

      The bug has existed for two years, they just discovered the bug this week.

  • gloria freeman

    Hi thanks for sharing this info with us.

  • britflorida

    Can I ask a dumb question? I sign in with Twitter. For reasons which are too lengthy to explain, I can’t change my Twitter password. So can I still change my Squidoo password and log in ‘normally’?

  • d-artist

    If someone gets into your Squidoo, what can they do? sorry I’m not up to date in this…
    I’m hopeful that Squidoo can do something to
    protect us from scrapers…sadly that’s my problem!

  • Titia

    Not heard about it yet in my neck of the woods.

  • RenaissanceWoman2010

    Exceptional to have something taken care of before I am even aware of it. Bravo!

  • Kathryn Grace

    Thanks for this reminder, and thanks for jumping right on top of that, Bonnie and The Team.

  • EditorDave

    Thanks for the note!

  • Alfiesgirl

    Does this recently discovered security vulnerability which squidoo apparently fixed immediately or within 24 hours in order to limit the damage it caused to lensmasters and HQ have an age? This bug may well have been lurking its way through the internet for years before being discovered…just because the world knows it exists this week doesn’t in any way mean it only existed for one week does it. I have been having trouble using my lensmaster account on squidoo for more than 2 years…and dare I say this without being told it is impossible but I believe this bug has been around since then at least!

  • favored1

    Been away, glad I did a quick check today. Thanks Bonnie.

  • Mia-Mia

    Thanks so much for looking out for all of us.

  • dmhonz

    thanks for this information. Better be safe

  • teriann

    wow, gone for a few days and it seems so much changed in my absence, glad to have you in our corner.

  • ahearter

    adjust the password via Settings and it did not save the new password. Luckily I
    had a record of the old password so did not get locked out permanently, but of
    course it could be very good to be in a position to change password. Clearing
    cache and cookies had no impact..


    Thank you for taking such good care of us. I’ve changed passwords in other places…now I’ll do it here. You are soooo appreciated!

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