HEARTBLEED. Goto Fail. Shellshock. POODLE. These are the inscrutable monikers of this year’s crop of overlooked errors in widely distributed software programs. Each represents a little digital thread, the pulling of which exposed vulnerabilities in devices numbering into the hundreds of millions. Such dizzying numbers arise from the many different bits of specialised software running on so many interconnected devices, allowing the tiniest security gap to be prised open.