11 April 2014
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What You Need To Know About The HeartBleed Bug

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What You Need To Know About The HeartBleed Bug

You may have heard about a scary new internet security issue, but what do you need to know about the Heartbleed bug to protect your home and business?

The Heartbleed Bug is a serious vulnerability in the popular security measures used by companies that store your information for ecommerce or subscription reasons. This affects some of the most popular sites on the email such as those that run web, email and instant messaging. It can even affect some virtual private networks (VPNs). – source http://heartbleed.com

This weakness allows stealing the information protected, under normal conditions, by encryption used to secure the Internet. 

The Heartbleed bug allows anyone on the Internet to read the memory of the systems protected by the vulnerable encryption.  This allows attackers to eavesdrop on communications, steal data directly from the services and users and to impersonate services and users.” 

How Can I Protect My Business?

Change Your Password!

The first thing is to check that the sites you use have uploaded the Heartbleed security patch (fix) to their site. This will mean they are protected. As a precautionary measure, you should consider changing the passwords of your most sensitive accounts. This includes Internet Banking, Email, Social Networks and anything else you rely on.

Are The Websites I use affected?

There are ways you can test if websites you visit are vulnerable to the ‘Heartbleed Bug’ before you enter any personal details on them.

If you are a Chrome user you can download a Chrome Extension, Chromebleed, which warns you when a site you’re visiting has been affected.

https://chrome.google.com/webstore/detail/chromebleed/eeoekjnjgppnaegdjbcafdggilajhpic

There is also a test site you can check by domain names

http://filippo.io/Heartbleed/#www.solwise-secure.co.uk

We hope that this helps you get to the bottom of this security scare and allows you to keep your business protected, please share this with your network so they can protect themselves.

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