Online security flaw: Change these passwords right now

The newly discovered Heartbleed bug in OpenSSL could have far-reaching consequences for online security.

The newly discovered Heartbleed bug in OpenSSL could have far-reaching consequences for online security.

NEW YORK (CNNMoney) — Websites are racing to patch the Heartbleed bug, the worst security hole the Internet has ever seen.

As sites fix the bug on their end, it’s time for you to change your passwords. The Heartbleed bug allowed information leaks from a key safety feature that is supposed to keep your online communication private — email, banking, shopping, and passwords.

Don’t change all your passwords yet, though. If a company hasn’t yet updated its site, you still can’t connect safely. A new password would be compromised too.

Many companies are not informing their customers of the danger — or asking them to update their log-in credentials. So, here’s a handy password list. It’ll be updated as companies respond to CNN’s questions.

Change these passwords now (they were patched)

Google, YouTube and Gmail Facebook Yahoo, Yahoo Mail, Tumblr, Flickr OKCupid Wikipedia

Don’t worry about these (they don’t use the affected software, or ran a different version)

Amazon AOL and Mapquest Bank of America Capital One bank Charles Schwab Chase bank Citibank E*Trade Fidelity HSBC bank LinkedIn Microsoft, Hotmail and Outlook PayPal PNC bank Scottrade TD Ameritrade Twitter U.S. Bank Wells Fargo

Don’t change these passwords yet (still unclear, no response)

American Express Apple, iCloud and iTunes

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