Enable certificate checking in Chrome to help avoid Heartbleed

Over the past few days, panic has spread across the internet as the OpenSSL flaw known as Heartbleed became the hot topic. I’ll spare you the details, as they have spread far and wide across the web. Suffice to say that it’s a problem and some companies are recommending a change to your password to avoid it.

Not everyone was bit — companies such as LastPass and Evernote have issued statements claiming they were clear, but many major services were. The problem has to do with certificates, and those using Chrome as a web browser can enable checks of this to help avoid the problem. which exists on servers, not within the user’s system.

To get started, open Chrome and head to the “Settings” — click the three-bar icon at the top right and then the settings option. Scroll to the bottom and choose “Advanced settings” then continue on to locate the “HTTPS/SSL” heading.

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Click the box next to “Check for server certificate revocation” and exit the settings — there is no save option. This won’t save you from the flaw, but it will help.

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