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Do we like this tool?

by itsdigger / April 17, 2014 4:13 AM PDT
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Did you read ..
by Carol~ Moderator / April 17, 2014 8:21 AM PDT
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Did you read Netcraft's press release: Netcraft releases Heartbleed indicator for Chrome, Firefox, and Opera ?

And what it says under Update: at the bottom?:

'Several readers have noted the privacy drawbacks posed by use of the Netcraft extension. Among other things, according to one reader, the extension sends vistited URLs that can include query strings, and it does so using an unencrypted HTTP connection. If true, that leaves a list of visited sites open for surveillance and man-in-the-middle attacks. Netcraft has a fuller privacy disclosure in the "About" tab of the extension. Ars readers are encouraged to think over the implications before installing the extension.'

The reader comments can also be found at the bottom.

On a personal note. I haven't had much time to read more about it. I'd like to gain more knowledge before testing it.

What I do know for sure. Netcraft isn't the only site offering the download. If anyone is going to give the extension a try, I strongly suggest being mindful of the site it's downloaded from.

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I'll take that as a NO lol
by itsdigger / April 17, 2014 6:40 PM PDT
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and leave it be. Thanks Carol


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Well .. maybe not a definitive NO !!
by Carol~ Moderator / April 18, 2014 3:00 AM PDT

But more like a different kind of no ..as in ...... "I don't KNOW". Silly

I stumbled across these in my travels this morning. No doubt there are more.

Netcraft adds Heartbleed sniffing to site-scanning browser tool
This Netcraft tool flags sites affected by Heartbleed

Here it says:

"Keep in mind that detecting Heartbleed is trickier than it seems, and there are questions about the reliability of many existing tools. We've found the Qualys SSL Server Test to work well, but whatever you're doing, it's best not to rely on one company's detection tools alone."

Happy Easter!

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by itsdigger / April 18, 2014 3:17 AM PDT

Yeah, I read all 3 of the articles and Netcraft seems pretty open about the issues and The Register doesn't even mention it, Ars Technica does though.
Just because they DO mention it , I think I'll just leave it alone.


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