Yet another breach in Internet security was founded last week with the Heartbleed bug. Although the name sounds like a deadly physical virus, it is actually a software defect that was created to affect nearly two dozen networking devices including routers, phones, video cameras, switches and servers. This defect has been dubbed one of the biggest internet security breaches ever.
Because so many people were potentially affected by this bug, including those who made phone calls on a smartphone, sent emails or uploaded content to the web, it is suggested that users of certain websites, such as Facebook and Gmail, change their passwords.
The experts at Great West Chrysler have not discovered that this bug has affected any of our information, software or data, but we are continually monitoring the situation and are doing everything we can to keep your information safe with us.
The Heartbleed bug works through Internet servers and other devices using versions of OpenSSL, a technology used by websites use to secure users’ information. More than 500,000 websites were affected, meaning anyone on a website using OpenSSL technology is at risk of having their passwords, usernames, credit card information, etc., obtained by a cyber hacker.
It’s also important to note that phishers and other scammers will send email invitations to change your password of an affected site. Rather than responding to any email invitations, you visit the site manually and change your password, so long as the affected site has been fixed.
Websites that were affected but have now been fixed include: Google, YouTube, Gmail, Facebook, Yahoo, Yahoo Mail, Tumblr, Flickr, Pinterest, Wikipedia, OKCupid and Airbnb. It is suggested users of those websites change their passwords immediately, as they were already patched to fix the defect.
Websites that were not affected by the Heartbleed bug include: Amazon, Apple, iCloud, iTunes, Capital One, Charles Schwab, Chase bank, Citibank, Hulu, HSBC bank, LinkedIn, Microsoft, Hotmail and Outlook.
If you’re at all concerned about a website’s security, it is suggested you call their customer service hotline for more information.