What You Should Know About The Heartbleed Bug And Why

We have all probably heard about the Heartbleed bug by now. If you haven’t, then you should know there is a big chance that your person and business account logins have been compromised by the bug. It is the biggest, most widespread security virus that has surfaced in recent history, and it affects websites, servers, cell phones, cameras, routers, and just about everything else. There are certain precautions that you need to take, so keep reading.

Why it matters

This affects you, and all of your customers because the bug is designed so that any information at all that passes through any infected website is compromised until the websites encryption protocol is updated. If you are a software vendor, you are probably using cloud every day, which is at risk. If you are a transaction based company, your information is also at risk, and you are storing a ton of valuable information.

Chances are, if you happen to have stumbled across this specific post, you are probably a business owner and use many different websites that have been affected, as well as your own website.

Things you can do to make sure you are safe

This is a huge deal when it comes to passwords, so you are going to want to change every password to every website you use as soon as possible. You should also keep an eye out, as there will probably be more phising scams out there than usual in the next few weeks.

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You will also need to update your customers and let them know that you are working on fixing the bug on your own website, or, let them know immediately after the fix. You don’t want them to change their passwords before you fix the bug, because that would mean they are still at risk.

This crisis does however teach us all that we should take our password management a little bit more serious. It sucks, but the safest thing to do is use passwords that are hard to remember, and make them different for each site that you use. This will be annoying until you get used to it, but these cases of security breach are becoming more and more common, and more and more people are being affected.

It is also recommended that you use a two step authentication process for your users to log in with.

As we share and store more and more of our personal information on the world wide web, it is becoming more crucial that we find better ways to protect it, and take that protection more seriously. You don’t have just yourself to worry about either, it is your obligation to keep your customers safe and satisfied as well.

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