Heartbleed Vulnerability: What’s the Risk to You?
What Heartbleed means for you:
- The secret keys used to encrypt your personal data may have been compromised
- This bug has left a large amount of private data exposed, and your could be included
- Attackers could eavesdrop on your communications, steal data directly from your open web services, and impersonate you with your information
Users can take action against the bug:
- Check a website for vulnerability: http://filippo.io/Heartbleed/
- Stay away from popular websites that are not yet patched
- If the website has been patched, change all passwords immediately
OpenSSL is a popular cryptographic library, used to keep many of the world’s websites secure on the internet. Many online services use OpenSSL, making this a potentially serious security breach for most internet users. As long as a vulnerable version of OpenSSL is being used by a website, it can be abused. A new patch has been released for websites to use, and all previously used passwords should not be reused.
More information about the heartbleed bug can be found at: http://heartbleed.com
November 4, 2014 / By: SpeedyPassword Team