An encryption flaw called the Heartbleed bug is one of of the biggest security threats the Internet has ever seen. This bug has affected many popular websites and services (such as Gmail and Facebook) and could have already compromised and exposed your sensitive account information.
What is Heartbleed?
Heartbleed affects encryption technology designed to protect online accounts for email, websites, instant messaging and e-commerce. Websites running certain versions of the OpenSSL software were affected. The vulnerability in the software could allow someone to see your user name and PIN/Password.
Why is Heartbleed a big concern?
Many companies use this technology to conduct business with you over the Internet.
Since it has not been clear which sites have been affected, Mashable.com reached out to some of the most popular social, email, banking and commerce sites on the web for their answers and published their responses on the Heartbleed bug. Some of the companies that were vulnerable to the bug have already updated their servers with a security patch to fix the issue, but this doesn’t mean users don’t need to take action. Companies are advising customers to change their passwords as a precautionary measure.
To read the complete story and get all the information you need to protect your sensitive online information and data, visit: http://mashable.com/2014/04/09/heartbleed-bug-websites-affected/
For official information on the Heartbleed bug, visit: www.heartbleed.com
The Multi-State Information & Sharing Analysis Center has provided information and steps to take if you have already been hacked: http://msisac.cisecurity.org/newsletters/2014-04.cfm