The Heartbleed bug is being called one of the biggest security threats to the internet that we have ever seen. So what exactly is this sneaky virus and how do you ensure that you and your customer’s information stays secure? We are here to navigate those questions with you!
What is the Heartbleed bug? In short Heartbleed can steal away your passwords making you vulnerable to all kinds of internet danger. “The bug affects web servers running Apache and Nginx software, and it has the potential to expose private information users enter into websites, applications, web email and even instant messages. And while most security experts advise that you always use websites and services offering SSL security encryption whenever possible, the Heartbleed bug has the ability to allow malicious operators to defeat this security layer and capture passwords as well as forge authentication cookies and obtain other private information.” [original post here]
What can I do to protect myself and my customers?
There are three immediate things you can do to protect yourself:
¹ Wait to hear from any secure websites or services you use about a security update. If you have a website that could be vulnerable to Heartbleed make sure that you have updated the security on it as well.
² Once the site or service you are using has installed a security update, change your passwords.
³ Monitor your important online accounts like banking, email etc for at least a week. [original post here]
Make sure to check out this list to see vulnerable websites and as always comment with any questions we will do our best to get you an answer!