Microsoft, Google, Apple and all other companies are working on their patches to overcome this bug named as FREAK. But it is still days away. The Question is How the user can protect himself in the mean time? The Answer of this Question is simple. User should avoid those platforms that are more Vulnerable to this bug. The next thing you should do is to avoid those websites that are Vulnerable to this bug named FREAK.
What is FREAK and How can you tackle this bug?
The FREAK flaw affects SSL/TLS, the protocol that creates a secure
connection between you and a website. The secure connection is created
when you connect with HTTPS and have a padlock in your browser address
bar. That “lock” means that your personal data is encrypted when it’s
sent to the website.
This Freak flaw has affected some major browsers like:
- Internet Explorer – Windows
- Safari – Mac OS / iOS
- Chrome – Mac OS / Android
- Opera – Mac OS / LINUX
- Stock Browser – Blackberry / Android
The only browser which the security team believes is not Vulnerable to all operating systems including Android and iOS mobile devices and tablets is Mozila Firefox. All users should install Mozila in their devices to tackle this FREAK bug until their Operating systems came up with patches which will take probably few days.
Sites that are Vulnerable to FREAK
The list of sites that are vulnerable to this bug is endless. Even sites that are on HTTPS are not secure from this bug. The list of sites include retail to government and lots of things in between. Some of the highest-traffic domains that are affected include Business Insider, American Express, Groupon, Bloomberg, NPR, Kohls, and MIT. A number of very high-profile government sites were also affected, including the NSA, the FBI, and the White House’s sites, as well as the site (USA-Jobs) that all applicants for any federal job must use.
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