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Posted On: 17 Apr 2014

Online safety: the fight against the Heartbleed Bug

The Heartbleed Bug is a programming flaw that can allow hackers to obtain your login and password details and also access files stored in your RAM. This would give criminals access to websites, bank accounts, emails, social media accounts, online shops and many others seriously jeopardising your online safety.

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The Heartbleed bug exploits a flaw in OpenSSL which is a software library used by services to keep data transmissions private. Governments and businesses alike are all vulnerable to attack by this bug and more attacks are expected. People have been advised to change passwords on any accounts used, there are a lists of business that have been affected or not available online.

The two most high profile victims of the Heartbleed bug so far are the Revenue Agency of Canada, who has reported thefts of over 900 social security numbers belonging to Canadian nationals and Mumsnet which is a UK parenting site who have had user accounts hijacked and the CEO’s email had been taken over.

If you think you may have been affected by Heartbleed do get in touch with us here at our Online Marketing Agency. We can advise you with your online safety and what to do for the best, don’t panic!

There are ways to fix Heartbleed if you have been affected by it, any online marketing agency would be able to advise you on the best ways to go about it. The fixes are different for different servers and there is a patch available but if you are not sure what you are doing then it’s best to ask the experts, click here to test your website or any website has been affected

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