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Heartbleed: a pre-mortem eulogy Heartbleed: a pre-mortem eulogy
Dear internet, I’m truly sorry to hear about your heartbleed problems. But honestly, I wish you hadn’t made it. Heartbleed: a pre-mortem eulogy

Do you remember the heartbleed problems the internet had? It’s been quite a while – but I remember the panic about the newest internet scare vividly. Part of me wishes the internet hadn’t made it past this heartbleed scare. Part of me wishes it had just died a quiet death, and gone away. Sure, we all would have grieved over the horrible and unexpected loss for a while. It would have shaken up our lives, leaving us not knowing what to do or where to go next. What to do with the countless hours of free time?

After a while we would have just carried on with our lives without you. It would have been difficult, but we would have found a way, somehow. We would have to reinvent our lives, and go back in time to figure out new ways of doing old things. What a unique opportunity that would have been. Maybe at some point we would find a better version of you, but some part of me tells me we wouldn’t.

Because just like email, you attempted to solve a problem we never really had, and you continued to introduce problems we could do without. Like having to change our passwords all over again because some geniuses messed up a security protocol named OpenSSL. Who uses a free, open source standard to secure personal data anyways? What you pay is what you get, people. Like everything else in life it’s all about priorities. Clearly protecting personal data online is not enough of a priority to a lot of major websites to actually do it right.

So let’s just patch this hole and carry on, pretending nothing happened. Fingers crossed next time the dike won’t break.

Wilko van de Kamp Author

WILKO VAN DE KAMP is the author of #1 international best seller The Freedom Project and several other books and e-books. He's also an award-winning photographic artist, and professional world traveler. His inspiration comes from traveling all over the world. He calls the Canadian Rocky Mountains his home, and the rest of the world his office. He has been capturing our wonderful planet, and it's beautiful inhabitants, for more than half his life. Wilko has spent his life traveling the world to capture awe-inspiring images for those who wouldn't see them otherwise, and to inspire others to embark on their journey of a lifetime. Through his art, writing and appearances as a keynote speaker he enjoys sharing his colorful experiences with the world. Visit him online at