Last week the news was on fire with this security flaw called Heartbleed. While some of the details seem hard to understand, the basic idea is that a software that secures websites (SSL) and there is a large vulnerability in it that people can exploit to gain access. This flaw might allow passwords, credit card numbers and other data to be leaked as a result.

Here is a list of sites who have confirmed having the vulnerability:

  • Facebook
  • Pinterest
  • Tumblr
  • Google
  • Yahoo
  • Gmail
  • Yahoo Mail
  • Amazon Web Services
  • Etsy
  • GoDaddy
  • Flickr
  • YouTube

If you have an account with any of the aforementioned sites, change your password. The vast majority of sites have rectified this vulnerability but it’s still important to use strong passwords and to change them periodically. Many security guidelines recommend frequent password changes, usually between 30 and 180 days. Windows Server has a default of 42 days. Also, keep an eye on your credit card activity if your credit card company doesn’t provide you with a replacement card.

This blog was written by Karen Albers.

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