If you log into almost any website that uses HTTPS in the web-address, then you need to read this.
OpenSSL “Heart Bleed” Security Bug
“Heart bleed” is a security flaw in OpenSSL which is an encryption protocol that is used by the majority of the internet. It is not a virus in it’s self, but viruses can take advantage of this security flaw if they know how to use it and that virus is on your computer.
The good news is that the people who maintain the OpenSSL code have already resolved and fixed and most major internet companies should have fixed by now. The real problem is that this flaw has been out there for a couple of years!
What to do:
- Basically don’t do any on-line banking or access anything that uses HTTPS for the next few days, just to make sure the fixes have been pushed out..
- When you do log in, change your passwords! Use something you have not used before and make it unique and use odd-ball characters like !£( with numbers and upper/lower case characters.
If you have any questions about the security of your own websites, you should contact your hosting provider for clarification. You can also use this web site tool to check your own website http://filippo.io/Heartbleed/ it can take a little time to run.
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