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How to protect yourself from the 'Heartbleed' bug

Posted by Roar Admin on April 10, 2014

A major new security vulnerability dubbed Heartbleed was disclosed earlier this week with severe implications for the entire Web. The bug can scrape a server's memory, where sensitive user data is stored, including private data such as usernames, passwords, and credit card numbers.

Part of our promise and committment to our website, email marketing and social media content customers is to always ensure the security and health of our systems.  It is of the utmost importance to us. 

We have confirmed that our servers/systems have not been affected by this recent virus that is going around the web.

“Upon learning of the recent Heartbleed issue, an update was made to the SSL certificate to our email servers.  Out of an abundance of caution, we recommend that all users change their password as soon as possible.”

 

Backgrounder:

The Heart Bleed virus has been affecting millions of websites on the Internet for two years, but there are ways to protect yourself from the bug, according to reports. Though users don't have much power over the Heart Bleed virus — website administrators and creators have to update their OpenSSL software — there are ways to defend important passwords on Gmail, Facebook, Yahoo! and other sites.

The Heart Bleed virus allows hackers to exploit a flaw in the OpenSSL encryption software used by a majority of major websites to steal data like credit card numbers, passwords, and other personal information. The first defense for Internet users, then, is to change your passwords to protect your information from being taken and abused.