Heartbleed Bug – How to Stay Protected
What is the Heartbleed Bug:
Definition: A Bug in the OpenSSL’s implementation of the TLS/DTLS (transport layer security protocols) heartbeat extension (RFC6520). When exploited, it leads to the leak of memory contents from the server to the client and from the client to the server.
Every day millions of people use encryption technology to protect their data, applications and online services. This key technology is being used every time a user tries to login to a webpage, share data, purchase goods or anything else that would involve a secure connection. Recently a new bug was found. It is called “Heartbleed”. The bug is based on vulnerability in the OpenSSL library. It was initially discovered by Neel Mehta of Google Security. The library is being used almost everywhere – from secure website login to mobile banking applications.
When the bug is exploited the hacker could intercept packages (up to 64kb) from the targeted system. The data may hold account credentials, keys or any other sensitive information that could be used. By using the vulnerability, it is possible to intercept communications from different users using the same service. That is why this raises a red flag to almost any internet user.
Am I affected by Heartbleed?
Yes, there is a high chance to be affected directly or indirectly. The OpenSSL is the most popular cryptographic library used to encrypt data on the Internet. Pretty every wepsite could be vulnerable using the unpatched OpenSSL. Moreover you could eventually have software installed on your machine that could expose your data when connecting to compromised services.
How to stay protected after the Heartbleed Bug?
We suggest every user of popular services like Google, Yahoo, Facebook etc. to change their passwords as they may have been compromised. Please note that before you reset any passwords, you need to ask your service provider whether they patched the Heartbleed Bug or not on their website or services. Then make sure to keep yourself protected from malware. In order to do that, the best way is to have or install a reputable anti-virus or anti-malware security suite like SpyHunter.
SpyHunter will automatically scan and detect all threats present on your system.
Learn more about SpyHunter (EULA). You can find Install Instructions here: (LINK) SpyHunter`s free diagnosis offers free scans and detection. You can remove the detected files, processes and registry entries, only if you have an active subscription. When purchasing an active subscription, you not only get the automatic malware removal tool, but also receive a FREE professional help for any malware related queries by SpyHunter’s technical support department.
Bear in mind that as of now fake spam e-mails or notifications could be sent out in the web, stating to help or fix your issue. The rule of the thumb is to be very cautious when browsing on the internet. Try to avoid clicking on ads or pop-up messages asking you to download certain software. Note that Heartbleed could also be used as a bait to achieve other cyber-attacks or to compromise users` computers as well.
Is it possible to check if someone has used the Heartbleed Bug against me?
Unfortunately, the exploitation of the Heartbleed Bug leaves no traces of any unauthorized
activity that could have occurred.