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    The following websites were affected by Heartbleed and say they have been patched: Google services, including Gmail and YouTube, Facebook, Tumblr, Netflix, Yahoo and Dropbox. Security experts still recommend changing your passwords ONLY for sites that have been declared safe (like those listed). You do NOT need to change your Google passwords. Contact any website directly if you think you are not getting enough information from them. Twitter, Paypal, Microsoft accounts, and Amazon.com were NOT affected.

    There's a new way to get your heart broken online, and it has nothing to do with Internet dating. Nope, it's a boring ol' security breech. But here's the thing: It's huge and threatens things like our banking passwords. As much as 66 percent of the web could be affected by "Heartbleed," the security bug that's gone, well, viral in a very un-funny way. Here's everything you need to know about this bug and how to protect yourself.

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    It's hard to imagine there was a time when you could break up with someone or be broken up with and then never, ever have to see his horrible, beautiful, heartbreaking face again. Ah, what a comfort it must have been to be able to cry for a day, talk it out with friends, and then know you could move on. There was no high-tech way of keeping tabs on that person, and even if you heard through the grapevine that he had a new girlfriend or wife, you could make it through life without viewing 100 photos of her and knowing hair that shiny actually exists outside of a shampoo commercial.

    Boy, are those days gone. It's now pretty much possible to locate and stalk every boyfriend you've had since kindergarten. Not that you plan on doing this, of course, but here are 7 websites that have made it super easy for "ex-boyfriend stalking" to become an international sport and for no one to ever fully get over and past the ... well, the past.

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    Parents who take their children for "annuals" at the pediatrician's office -- is this even a common thing anymore? -- might be shocked to learn that their family doctor is about to give the classic wellness visit a serious upgrade. Whether or not they are at risk for high cholesterol, children between the ages of 9 and 11 will receive cholesterol tests because doctors believe these can reduce the chance that they will suffer from heart disease later on in life, according to new guidelines published this week by the American Academy of Pediatrics. If high cholesterol levels are detected in young children, docs say they can use preventive measures, like making recommendations on how they can change their diets and incorporate more exercise into their lives, in an effort to stop a major problem before it starts. And cholesterol screenings aren't the only change you can expect.

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    Welcome to the worst thing on the Internet today. Thanks to a new app called Streak, people will now be able to see when you’ve read their Gmail messages. Is there no privacy at all anymore?

    It’s a Google Chrome extension (that works with Safari too, apparently) that’s easy to install, and the recipients don’t have to have it too in order for their email reading habits to be tracked. In fact, they’ll get no notification at all that they’ve sent a secret read receipt to the sender!

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    I have a few really good friends whom I love to death. They have amazing significant others whom I also really like and enjoy chatting with -- when we're all together having dinner or drinks. But when it comes to sharing social media experiences with my friends, I won't do it if they've decided to merge their accounts with those of their husbands or boyfriends. It's nothing personal -- like I said, I don't have anything against their partners -- but chatting with RebeccaPaulForever on Facebook defeats the entire purpose of staying in touch with a person via social media outlets. And the truth is: lots of people think it's just plain weird.

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    Passwords. These days, we all have about a million of them. Passwords for shopping sites. Passwords for bank accounts. Netflix, Hulu, your kid's school website. The list is endless. It's hard to come up with them and remember them. So what do most of us end up doing? Using some easy-to-figure out password even the dumbest of criminals could crack. The security firm Splashdata has releases it's annual list of the "Worst Passwords." I would be anything you use at least one or two of these. Check out the list below and then take a look at our creative suggestions for coming up with better ones that no one will figure out. 

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    I've spent many of my kids' growing-up years working online, with the last few positively engrossed in social media, even more than the typical parent.

    And while I've posted a few potentially mortifying photos of my children in the past, for the most part, I'm extremely careful about what pictures of my kids I put online -- whether it's on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, or another site.

    If only other parents would do the same. Here's why it bothers me so much.

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    You know how sometimes you go on Facebook, and there will be these giant ads right on your homepage, and it will say that one of your friends “likes” that company, and you’re all, “Thanks for letting me know, Facebook,” as you roll your eyes and scroll past it to something you actually maybe want to see?

    Those are called sponsored stories ads, and they’ve been controversial since their 2011 launch, but don’t worry -- they’re finally going away. As of April 9, 2014, Facebook will be shutting down the feature.

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    If anyone is old enough to remember MySpace (anyone? anyone at all?) you might recall there was one day that will live in infamy when a glitch on the site made it possible for everyone whose profile you had been checking out in secret to see that you'd been visiting their page. In other words, you became exposed as a bona fide stalker. Oh, it was chilling and awful and those of us who lived through it spent hours concocting ridiculous excuses we could have on hand in case we were called out by our "stalkees." Well, instead of learning from this nightmare, Google's Gmail has decided to add a feature that will strip us of our privacy just a teeny bit more. And it's bound to affect us in at least 3 horrible ways. 

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    Criminals these days just can't seem to get enough of themselves. Instead of stealing, looting, or doing whatever else it is they do and then just trying to get away with their actions -- you know, behavior you'd expect from your typical criminal -- they are finding it difficult to peel themselves away from all forms of social media. And nothing could make police any happier, I'm guessing. 

    Take Dupree Johnson, for example. The 19-year-old Florida teen already had a pretty lengthy rap sheet that included grand theft, burglary, and felony possession of a firearm. Perhaps he could have built a strong enough defense to get away with his crimes -- who knows? And we'll never know. Because the publicity hound dug his own grave and did the world a favor by posting photos on his Instagram that showed him holding guns and items he allegedly stole. 

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