Another day, another bug. So it goes lately in the internet world it seems. It appears we are getting almost daily reminders to be diligent about our passwords, keeping our software up to date and monitoring our servers. Yet, there are still those individuals out there who use common passwords.
It has been reported that 66 percent of internet servers are affected. You can check your sites or your client sites here. Experts are predicting a quick fix for the bug since it is so large scale. They are reporting that many major sites are already repaired. If your site has a vulnerability contact your host to expedite the patch. Heartbleed affects SSL security, the software that encrypts data before sending to the server.
It appears as though Apple and iCloud are unaffected. However, do not assume you or your clients are not affected. Take the time today to run audits of your sites and client sites. Experts are recommending to not log in to sites until the all clear as been give and are recommending to always log out of sites when finished prior to existing.
What Heartbleed reminds us yet again is that nothing is 100 percent hack proof. We must be diligent in using strong passwords, keeping our software current and installing available patches or updates to our systems and or software. We realize that not everyone with a website is technical, or that you may not have a firm you can turn to. So, if you are confused on how to audit your sites or need some guidance, please feel free to reach out.