What does the Heartbleed breach mean for you?

By now you’ve all heard about Heartbleed.  What?  There are some of you out there hasn’t heard of Heartbleed?  First off, where have you been?  Under a rock?  I know, you were on vacation in some tropical paradise for over a month that didn’t have internet.   Let me tell you what Heartbleed is.

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Heartbleed is a security bug in the OpenSSL.  The OpenSSL software enables Secure Socket Layers.  In layman’s terms it’s the https in the address bar.  You know like, https://www.transformermarketing.com.  The s at the end of the http stands for secure.   Heartbleed was first discovered in December of 2011 but just recently revealed to the public.  Any personal information including passwords, bank statements and information, and more are at risk of being stolen.

Here’s what some of the experts are saying:

Forbes cybersecurity columnist Joseph Steinberg wrote, “Some might argue that [Heartbleed] is the worst vulnerability found (at least in terms of its potential impact) since commercial traffic began to flow on the Internet.”

Bruce Schneier called the bug, “catastrophic.”

Basically this breach is bad.

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All embedded smart devices, including tablets, smartphones, TV’s, and home routers pose the biggest risk to Heartbleed.  Only Apple and Android devices above 4.1.1 (released two years ago) are exempt.

Hold on, don’t freak out.  We have some hope to dish out too.  Let’s start out with the good news.  Here are the companies that have NOT been affected.

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  • Transformer Marketing.  Our webmaster is the bomb!  Transformer Marketing, CA, Heartbleed
  • LinkedIn
  • Twitter
  • Apple (Did you ever doubt them?)
  • Amazon (Commerce division)
  • Microsoft (Bill is the smartest techie ever!)
  • AOL
  • Outlook/Hotmail
  • Ebay
  • Groupon
  • Nordstroms (Keep shopping!)
  • Paypal
  • Target (Nice save!)
  • Walmart
  • Hulu
  • Pandora
  • American Express
  • Bank of America
  • Barclays
  • Capital One (What’s in your wallet, stays in your wallet…well at least when it comes to their website).
  • Chase
  • Citigroup
  • E-Trade
  • Fidelity
  • PNC
  • Schwab
  • Scottrade (Can’t blame any losses on Heartbleed)
  • TD Ameritrade
  • TD Bank
  • T. Rowe Price
  • U.S. Bank
  • Vanguard
  • Wells Fargo
  • 1040.com
  • Fileyourtaxes.com
  • H&R Block
  • Intuit/Turbo Tax (Your tax return is safe)
  • IRS
  • TaxACT
  • Evernote
  • Spark Networks (J Date, Christian Mingle-Feel safe that your personal information will come from you and not Heartbleed)
  • 1Password

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Heartbleed breach?  Maybe…

  • Healthcare.gov (Can’t this website get a break?)
  • Facebook

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Heartbleed got us

  • Instagram (Your foodie pics will make for nice sharing)
  • Pinterest (Now everyone will know where you want to go visit, eat, and wear)
  • Tumblr
  • Google (What?!?)
  • Yahoo
  • Gmail
  • Yahoo Mail
  • Amazon Web Services (Look at your buddy Commerce…do what they do)
  • Etsy
  • GoDaddy
  • Flickr
  • Minecraft
  • Netflix (C’mon, guys)
  • SoundCloud
  • Youtube
  • American Funds
  • USAA
  • Box
  • Dropbox
  • GitHub
  • OK Cupid
  • Spider Oak
  • Wikipedia
  • WordPress
  • Wunderlist
  • Dashlane
  • LastPass

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What can you do?

So what does that mean for YOU?  Well, the best thing you can do is to change your password, but only if the patch has been implemented on the servers, which is basically all the sites that were affected and those that were not sure.  If you are not sure if a website was affected, call them and find out.  But don’t change your password until the patch has been added, otherwise the bad guys can get your new password.  Oh and make sure that you change your passwords on a frequent basis.  That’ll trip the hackers up.  Get a password manager that will keep track of all of them.  LastPass, the password manager company, was vulnerable to HeartBleed but they patched, just make sure to check your browser extensions for updates before saving the new passwords using LastPass.

Content provided by Transformer Marketing.

Sources include Wikipedia.

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