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The HeartBleed Web Security Vulnerability : Certificate Revocation Check

I wanted to address HeartBleed Web Encryption Vulnerability and show you some ways you can help protect yourself. Now, the things I'm going to show will not protect you until the Web Servers or the Operating Systems affected, patch their Systems. But, these are generally a good thing to do.

If you're using Mozilla Firefox, click it, open it. Then under the Menu Bar, click Tools, Then Options. Once the Options Menu is open make sure Advanced is highlighted and the sub tab Certificates is clicked. Then click the Button Validation and make sure both Checkboxes are checked. Then simply (select) OK, OK on the Options Menu and close Firefox.

If You are using Internet Explorer, open it. Go to the Tools Button, it's in the far top right hand corner, (select it), then (select) Internet Options. If all you have available to you is the Menu Bar, (select) Tools and then Options, or the Command Bar Tools and then Internet Options. Once the Internet Options Menu becomes available, make sure and (select) the Advanced Tab, then scroll all the way down to the bottom and under the Heading of Security make sure four Boxes are checked here, Check for Publishers Certificate Revocation, Check for Server Certificate Revocation, Check for Signatures… and Do Not Save Encrypted Pages to Disk. Make sure atleast those four are checked. (Select) OK and close Internet Explorer.

If You are using Chrome, open it and in the top right hand corner (select) the Customize and Control Button then (select) Settings. That'll bring-up your Options Menu for Chrome. Scroll down, until you see Show Advanced Settings, (select) it. Make sure two boxes are checked here. One under Privacy, Enable Fishing and Malware Protection and under HTTPS/SSL make sure to check, Check for Server Certificate Revocation. Then close Chrome.

* Requires Administrator Privileges, the Google Chrome Web Browser installed. An Internet Connection is optional. *

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