In recent months, security bugs with names such as Heartbleed and Shellshock have been causing problems for millions of computers worldwide. The latest such bug has been named POODLE, and is the result of a security weakness in an obsolete version of SSL that is still supported by most web browers.
SSL is the technology that encrypts data on confidential web pages such as password entry screens and financial data. By exploiting the POODLE bug, hackers can gain access to private data, although it's quite difficult to do and attacks are not widespread.
If you're worried about this latest bug, head to https://www.ssllabs.com/ssltest/viewMyClient.html for an instant test that will tell you whether your web browser is vulnerable. If it is, you'll need to disable SSL v3 in your browser. Details on how to do so can be found at https://scotthelme.co.uk/sslv3-goes-to-the-dogs-poodle-kills-off-protocol and are easy to follow.
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