The Internet has been buzzing this week about a bug named Heartbleed (Information at heartbleed.com).
Many popular websites including large sites like Facebook, Pinterest and others have made patches to their programs to mitigate risks.
For users, the danger lies in a bug in many programs that use a specific encryption software called OpenSSL. The bug made it potentially possible for hackers and hacker bots to gain access to username and password information.
It’s also possible that other information may have been available. You may have received an email from various websites recommending you to change your passwords.
Heartbleed: A Vulnerability In Software
Heartbleed is not a virus or something that’s been uploaded to a website or to your accounts. It was a vulnerability, bug or error in the OpenSSL software that may have been taken advantage of by hackers.
Security companies continually look for these vulnerabilities and alerted the OpenSSL community. Those using the software were made aware of the threat and many moved quickly to make necessary changes.
Potential Losses And Tracking
The Heartbleed bug potentially exposed valuable information saved on the servers of some websites. Usernames, passwords and potential credit card and other information may have been compromised.
One issue with the Heartbleed is that is appears that it is not possible to track to see if information has been taken or compromised.
Companies are simply fixing the issues, which in some cases requires extensive changes, and alerting users to change passwords.
Fusebill Takes Action
Major sites like Google, Facebook, Twitter and others took quick action to fix the issues. Tools made to test for the vulnerability quickly found that these sites have no issue anymore and were likely fixed before any information was compromised.
Smaller sites have taken action too. Again, you may have received information about the potential threat and the suggestion to change your information.
Fusebill took action to mitigate risks as well. The risks associated with Heartbleed are now resolved and information is secure.
The recommendation when vulnerabilities like Heartbleed occur is to go in and change your password on any site that may have been affected.
It’s also recommended that you change passwords on sites that may have been unaffected. The reason for this is that you might use the same password on different sites. A hacker or hacker bot could have gotten access to your password on an affected site and could have it for the other sites and networks you use online even if that site went unaffected.
So it’s good to change your passwords and to use different passwords if possible. A password software can also make it easier for you to use different passwords for different accounts while making it more secure for you to login to all the websites you access and use.
One example of a password program is LastPass.
LastPass was one of the sites affected, but due to their unique encryption setup LastPass users were not affected.
Bugs like Heartbleed do pop up from time to time. They’ll continue to pop up in the future so it’s good to use a password program to protect your passwords along with the other recommendations in this article.
The main thing is that while using Fusebill you don’t have to worry about the Heartbleed bug anymore.
At Fusebill, we’re always monitoring the safety of any information associated with our software and systems. We work to quickly make any fixes necessary and that was the case with Heartbleed.
If you have any questions about Heartbleed, Fusebill or other items please contact us or leave your comments below.