Cleaning up formatting errors in my new e-book on New Age Looping basics doesn’t produce many pictures that make the life of a fiber artist seem glamorous and exciting. But after I spent yesterday changing all my passwords and checking everywhere for the Heartbleed bug, this old one came to mind:
Fear is a funny thing. I have no problem making mistakes with fiber materials or recipe ingredients. Those are things I understand. Fear doesn’t stop me from doing lots of other things I really don’t understand — like building my own web site or formatting e-books. For the most part, I figure I’ll learn from my mistakes and clean up later.
Bugs like this, on the other hand, really scare me. So I dropped what I was doing and took what seemed to be prudent measures to protect my digital empire, with a break for shoveling snow (yes, more snow).
For those of you who are registered in an online course at tworedthreads.com, rest assured: I found no cause for concern there from the Heartbleed bug. I was afraid it would require a forced password change for everyone on the site, but it looks like that won’t be necessary. Even so, it wouldn’t be a bad idea for you to change your own password there, and on the other sites you frequent. Remember to make them a tricky mix of capitals, lower case, numbers and symbols. And don’t use the same password for all your sites.
I’m about to throw caution to the wind, though, and risk my entire digital empire because of the proverbial final straw. The prudent thing (or so I read) was to switch to the Chrome browser with the Chromebleed plug in, which is supposed to alert you if you land on an infected site. But in this (expletive deleted) browser, I can only see HTML mode for composing in WordPress. This has no impact on you, dear reader, but it’s making me want to curl up with a trashy novel and some dark chocolate and potato chips. I’ll never get that e-book done if I do that.
So I’m going back to my Firefox browser and taking my chances. Sorry, Chrome — it’s not you, it’s me.
Here’s hoping you and yours are safe from malicious code, that it isn’t snowing where you are, and that none of us runs out of dark chocolate.