I’m sure you’ve heard, but around half the internet had been compromised for about the half year due to the so-named Heartbleed bug. We know that it was found at least 3 times – by the NSA (probably), by Google, and by a Finnish researcher, Leena Snidate. It has been in the wild since 2011 – if you think you’re safe and those are the only three? I’ve got some Wyoming property on the Atlantic Ocean for sale.
Change your passwords.
On a hilarious note, while talking to my Mom on the phone on her birthday (happy birthday, Mom!), she mentioned that she had read about half of our April Fools post before realizing it was a joke.
Including this line: “We’re sure your jobs are more fulfilling than ours – but let us use our icy rationalism and lack of a single soul between us to help you get ahead in your dream job.”
How should I take that?
Links We Liked!
- Our pal Nelson at Financial Uproar had a nice post on how Credit Card fees don’t… or at least shouldn’t… hurt small businesses. He also dropped one of the best lines I’ve read this year: “The ultimate point is if you own a small business and 2-3% credit card fees are an actual problem, you’re in a crappy business.”
- At Hope to Prosper, Bret review the new Michael Lewis book on High Frequency Trading. We’ll have something eventually, but I must admit not having read it yet!
- Paula at Afford Anything has an epic post on weighing paying off home equity versus investing the difference. I think we’re inspired – maybe expect a DQYDJ piece on this eventually, as well.
- Len Penzo agrees with us – a small tax return was no big deal this year. Get back to us when you can get 6% on a savings account again.
- At Political Calculations, an updated chart on the size of the tax code – don’t worry, we only added about 80% of the original 1913 tax code this year!
- MMM at Save. Spend. Splurge. had another “In the World Of” post, this time including a section on “Skinny Shaming“. Here’s the issue I have with diet/exercise, in general – everyone’s an expert, even though it should be easy to see who the actual experts are. Maybe we should change that classic quote to “Never discuss politics, religion… or diet… in polite company?”. (Not that we are ever polite, I’m just saying…)
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