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How to protect yourself from the OpenSSL Heartbleed vulnerability when using Internet based services.

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Problem or Question:

What can I do to protect myself from the OpenSSL Heartbleed vulnerability when using Internet based services?

Environment:

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Solution or Answer:

The following is information on what you can do to protect yourself from the OpenSSL Heartbleed vulnerability when using Internet based services.

1. Do not log into accounts from affected sites until you're sure the company has patched the problem. If the company hasn't been forthcoming, you can check sites on an individual basis here: http://filippo.io/Heartbleed/, though caution is still advised even if the site gives you an "all clear" indication. If you're given a red flag, avoid the site for now.

2. Once you've got confirmation of a security patch, change passwords of sensitive accounts like banks and email first. Even if you've implemented two-factor authentication - which, in addition to a password asks for another piece of identifying information, like a code that's been texted to you - changing that password is recommended.

3. Don't be shy about reaching out to small businesses that have your data to make sure they are secure. Be proactive about making sure your information is safe.

4. Keep a close eye on financial statements for the next few days. The bug allows attackers to access a server's memory for credit card information, so it wouldn't hurt to be on the lookout for unfamiliar charges on your bank statements.

*For more information on this vulnerability, see http://heartbleed.com

**Portions of this article were taken from http://www.cnet.com/news/how-to-protect-yourself-from-the-heartbleed-bug

Cause:

OpenSSL Heartbleed

Submitted by Thomas Dixon thomas.dixon@csueastbay.edu


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Last Updated
10th April 2014 12:34:19 pm

Submitted By
Thomas Dixon

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