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By Ordoh Staff. Published on April 24, 2014.0
Everyone is talking about the Heartbleed bug, an OpenSSL Internet encryption protocol bug that makes all your information vulnerable to hackers.
This bug has the potential to affect 66% of all internet websites and cause you major heartburns. Ever since this bug has been exposed, a lot of tools have been designed specifically to detect whether a website is vulnerable to the bug. Unfortunately, most of these tools and scanners have to be punched manually every time you visit a new website. There are, however, new tools that can be used as an extension to your browser and they will automatically notify you if a website has a vulnerability.
What is Chromebleed?
Chromebleed is a new extension for Google Chrome browser which, when installed, can notify you if the website you are browsing is in fact vulnerable to Heartbleed. To make things even easier for you, Chromebleed also displays any threats on search results pages, so that you only click through to the websites that are deemed safe by the extension. If any websites are affected by the Heartbleed bug, or is vulnerable to it, the extension displays the icon of a bleeding heart right next to it. This is a very specific browser extension, especially designed for Google Chrome, and therefore is very effective. The extension is currently not available for any other web browser, including the wildly popular Mozilla Firefox and Internet Explorer.
How to Download Chromebleed?
Chromebleed is very simple to install. To install it, simply open your Google Chrome and click on the settings on the top right corner. From the settings, click on the ‘Extensions’ option and select the ‘Get More Extensions’ button. Now, search for the Chromebleed extension. Right next to the extension, you will have a ‘+Free’ button. Click on it and install the extension to your Google Chrome browser. Once you are done, the extension will take a second or two to download and will begin to run in the background while you browse the internet. You can also download the extension directly from Chrome’s online webstore, under the category of extensions.
How to Set Up Chromebleed?
Only downloading the extension does not solve your purpose. In fact, you will have to set it up as well. Once you have installed it, right-click the icon of the Chromebleed extension icon. You will be able to find the icon of a bleeding heart towards the left of your browser’s settings button. Once you have clicked the icon, you will get a drop down menu. Select the ‘Notifications’ option from this menu and check the “Notifications Activated” and the “Show All Notifications” boxes. Usually, these two are not selected by default, and are critical to the functioning of Chromebleed. When both these options are enabled, you will be able to see the status of every website that you visit using your Google Chrome browser. Since all notifications are enabled, the extension will keep notifying you when a website you are visiting is completely safe, and when the extension finds vulnerability.