The so called Heartbleed bug is a flaw in OpenSSL which is a technology used to protect data on the internet. If a company uses OpenSSL, users will see a padlock icon in their web browser. Many people automatically assume that when they see this icon that the site is safe.
SSL is the most commonly used technology to secure websites with services such as online shopping and banking. Some 17% of the internet’s secure web servers certified by SSL are believed to have been vulnerable to this attack.
As of yet no evidence has actually been found of any usernames and passwords that have been compromised. However, users are being urged to change passwords to ensure that nothing is stolen.
A security patch has been applied by most of the leading companies with Yahoo being one of the last only applying the patch today.
If you have any concerns about whether you need to change your username or password call David Allen IT Solutions News on 01228 711888.
Posted: April 10th, 2014