Flaw in encryption technology may compromise your data

BY Colleen Shalby  April 8, 2014 at 7:05 PM EST

The little padlock that that sits next to the web address of the site you just logged into — the one that’s meant to protect your privacy, your passwords, your online files — isn’t as secure as you thought.

The New York Times reported Tuesday that security researchers in discovered a bug in the encryption technology on Monday. The flaw — called “Heartbleed” — could essentially give hackers access to your valuable online information, spurring sites like Tumblr to warn users to reset their passwords.

The kicker? If your information has been compromised, there’s no way of knowing. That is, unless a hacker publicly posts your information.