Bad news. A major vulnerability, known as “Heartbleed,” has been disclosed for the technology that powers encryption across the majority of the internet. That includes Tumblr.
We have no evidence of any breach and, like most networks, our team took immediate action to fix the issue.
But this still means that the little lock icon (HTTPS) we all trusted to keep our passwords, personal emails, and credit cards safe, was actually making all that private information accessible to anyone who knew about the exploit.
This might be a good day to call in sick and take some time to change your passwords everywhere—especially your high-security services like email, file storage, and banking, which may have been compromised by this bug.
You’ll be hearing more in the news over the coming days. Take care.
“We praise people for being “naturally” smart, too, “naturally” athletic, and etc. But studies continue to show, as they have for some time now, that it is generally healthier to praise schoolchildren for being hardworking, than for being naturally gifted. We know now that to emphasize a child’s inherent ability places pressure on that child to continue to be accidentally talented, which is something that is hard for anyone to control. When the children who are applauded for their natural skills fail, they are shown to take the failure very personally. After all, the process of their success has always seemed mysterious and basic and inseparable from the rest of their identity, so it must be they who are failing as whole people. When students are instead complimented and rewarded for their effort and improvement, they tend to not be so hard on themselves. When they fail, they reason, “Well, I’ll work harder next time.” They learn that they are capable of success, rather than constantly automatically deserving of it, and they learn simultaneously that they are bigger and more complex than their individual successes or failures.”—
I once reblogged a piece of art by a well-known fan artist, something that had tens of thousands of notes on it, and, sick with envy, said that I wished she would just stop. She reblogged it and said, “You know I can see all the comments people make to my art, right? Even if you delete it later.” And even though it should have been really, stupidly obvious, it was kind of a revelation when she said it, and I was mortified and ashamed.
When you make a comment on someone’s work, they will see that. Every single one. Think about what you say before you say it. Is this something you really want to say? Is this something you would say to the OP’s face? Is this something you want them to associate you with for the rest of your online career? Is this something that will make you look like a fuckin’ jerk, and if so, are you okay with that? (If you are okay with lookin’ like a fuckin’ jerk, what’s the matter with you?)
So just think about the stuff you say, carefully, before you say it. Take a second to picture the person who’s going to read that comment. You don’t have to be some namby-pamby Polyanna, just be courteous and compassionate.