I’m sure most of you have heard about the heart bleed bug now. If not it’s a new security bug that has left the sensitive data of millions across the web vulnerable. But the good news is Creately users are safe from being exposed by the heart bleed bug. But not all services are secure so lets explore what this bug is and how you can secure yourself it.
How to Confirm Whether a Site is Affected by the Heart Bleed Bug
The first step to prevention is identifying the problem. If you’re not sure whether one of your favorite sites is affected by the the bug you can test it using this page. Make sure the tick the check box “Check for Heartbleed vulnerability”. And below you can see how Creately fared in the test.
How Heart Bleed Bug Works
If you’re not familiar with networking then terms like SSL which is associated with the heart bleed bug can make things very confusing. But the security guys at pcmag have made an info-graphic that makes it very easy to understand the situation. As always an image works thousand times better than long boring text. Click here to read the blog post which further explains it.
How to Protect Yourself from the Heart Bleed Bug
Now that you know what the bug is its time to protect yourself from it. CNET magazine has a great article with tips from industry experts explaining how to protect yourself from the bug. Here’s a summary of the points
- Do not log into accounts from affected sites ( use the detection tool listed above to check whether a site is affected )
- Once the site has confirmed that the bug is patched change the passwords ( do not change passwords until the bug is patched )
- Reach out to small businesses that have your sensitive data ( because not everyone is aware of it and quick to respond to them at big companies )
- Check your financial statements ( just to be on the safe side )
That pretty much covers what you need to know about heart bleed bug. And again Creately users are safe from the heart bleed bug.