On April 8th, a massive vulnerability named the HeartBleed virus has been found in OpenSSL software which is used to protect a large portion of websites, e-mails, conversations etc…This means a lot of Internet users are affected and their passwords, private communications and even credit card information could now be available for hackers to use.
So, what can you do?
- Be aware of online activities such as online banking, shopping and sending emails containing sensitive or confidential information. That was recommended by “Tor”, an anonymization system for Internet users, in his blog.
- You can change your passwords to feel more confident, but until the HeartBleed bug is fixed, your new passwords will still be visible for Hackers.
- Be aware of any emails you may receive in the next few days.
- Click on the link below to see if your website is vulnerable to the virus. (http://filippo.io/Heartbleed/)
This bug has also affected many “internet giants” such as Yahoo!, Facebook, and even Google!
You can view what major sites have become vulnerable here:
Keep your eyes open and make sure you have an anti-virus system installed to protect your computer!