By now, you have most likely heard of the “Heartbleed” Bug. However, the information surrounding it can be overwhelmingly confusing. Do you need to be worried? Here’s the breakdown from BBTech:
Heartbleed is not a virus.
What this means for you is, Heartbleed is not something you need to worry about “getting” on your computer.
Heartbleed affects only some servers running specific versions of openSSL.
OpenSSL is a specific type of software used in running Secure Websites. (These are the sites that show a “gold lock” symbol, and have URLs that start with https://)
Most servers have already patched the vulnerability.
However, due to the nature of the bug, it is possible that information was already obtained from these affected servers. The best resolution is to change passwords for these websites as soon as possible.
For an updated list of sites, their affected status, and a recommendation on whether or not you should change your password, check this article:
What you should do about it:
First, consider checking the link above for any sites you frequently visit. If your site in question shows up on that list, it’s probably a good idea to change your password. If you want to check a site specifically to see if it’s affected, you can do so using the utility here: https://lastpass.com/heartbleed/
It is important to note that you should only consider changing your password after an affected site has resolved their issue with Heartbleed!
If you would like to read more information about the Heartbleed vulnerability, you can do so here.