Within the past few days and weeks the news media around the world has been reporting on a new computer bug uncovered by technicians at Google and elsewhere that is considered the worst in history. By now you have likely heard about the widespread security gap dubbed “Heartbleed.” Unfortunately, the bug is so unique and complex that even news stories about it are prone to errors that can add to the confusion and misunderstanding surrounding Heartbleed.
What’s the Nature of the Threat?
First of all, it is important to understand that Heartbleed is not a computer virus. According
Do you recall the most surprising and rewarding thing that you experienced when trying out the popular e-book format for the first time on an e-reader device such as a Kindle or Nook? For most people it is the astonishingly realistic quality. They are intrigued and somewhat mystified by how much the paper and ink resembles what they see on a traditional printed page. Even the visual color and texture of the paper is crisp, clear, and comfortably viewed despite challenges like bright light that can make reading text on a computer or smart phone screen very difficult.
Let’s face it. Not everyone is a book reader, as sad as that may sound. Late last year, in fact, the Huffington Post published data showing that 28 percent of Americans had not read even one book within the past 12 months. Some studies from the publishing industry indicate that only 32 percent of the U.S. population has ever been in a bookstore.
Those who have never ventured into a bookstore may nevertheless be quite familiar with online shopping. So the good news is that a Pew Research Center study published in 2012 found that 20% of Americans