You heard about Heartbleed in the news. Now get the information your business needs to stay safe and ensure your confidential business information stays completely safe.
Here are some basic tips to protect you and your business:
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A dangerous security flaw, known as Heartbleed, was discovered in OpenSSL Web servers. The security flaw enables cybercriminals to steal sensitive data from vulnerable versions of OpenSSL, which is used to secure communications on the majority of websites, including popular social media and banking websites. This means cybercriminals can steal your personal information from all affected websites. If you’re on a website with a little lock by the URL, chances are, it’s vulnerable to the security flaw.
Heartbleed has been around for over two years, so it’s safe to assume your passwords may have been compromised. While many sources suggest to change your online passwords in the wake of Heartbleed, you should wait until the websites are secure to change your passwords. Even if there’s no indication that your passwords have been compromised, it’s imperative to change your passwords as soon as the websites are secure.
Cybercriminals will send phishing emails to take advantage of your concern over Heartbleed. These emails will likely offer links to change your passwords, however, these links will direct you to a malicious website designed to steal your login credentials. If you’re changing your passwords, please go directly to the website to do so. Never change your password in response to an email.