Web surfing? After Heartbleed make sure you update your SSL certificate setting in your browsers

With the recent Heartbleed security vulnerability affecting a significant part of the world’s secured internet traffic, most companies have been taking the precaution of renewing their SSL certificates as it is possible to compromise the keys for these certificates using the Heartbleed vulnerability.

Unfortunately, many browsers won’t automatically check for revoked certificates (including the most popular Google Chrome). We highly recommend you change the default setting to automatically check for revoked certificates. We provide a quick walk-through for Chrome below although similar settings exist for most major browsers so do check if you aren’t a Chrome user also.

Firstly, open your Chrome browser settings from the drop-down on the top right of your browser.

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Under the ‘Advanced Settings’ section at the bottom of the settings option page, select ‘Check for server certificate revocation.’

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There is a small performance hit from your browser checking SSL certificates on load every time but given that most of the world’s certificates changed this last month it’s definitely a situation that’s in favour of changing this to setting ‘on’ at least for the next few months while certificates refresh.

Safe surfing!

Robert

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About Robert Jenkins

Robert is a Co-Founder and CEO of CloudSigma along with his long-time friend Patrick Baillie. Robert & Patrick had a vision for a different style of cloud focused around customer requirements not computing frameworks created by the service provider; an open environment where end-users could define their infrastructure in a highly flexible way with little or no restrictions, just like they were used to doing in their own private environments. Their shared vision was the genesis of CloudSigma in 2009 in Zürich, Switzerland and as with many great things, it began life sketched out on a napkin! Robert previously has experience in early stage venture capital and corporate finance in the City of London. Robert is a graduate in Economics from Cambridge University.