The talk all over the Internet this week has been about Heartbleed – a widespread encryption bug that can capture passwords. It has left some websites running SSL encryption vulnerable. These sites include a long list that varies from social media sites to banks, which could potentially put you at risk. Many of these sites already did their due diligence to look into whether or not they were affected by Heartbleed and sent out emails informing users whether or not they were and what actions they have taken. Even those that haven’t been affected still recommend changing your password for guaranteed protection.
Not sure what all of this means? TLC Office System’s IT Support Houston team has been following updates to bring you the latest information.
If you’re not familiar with the term “OpenSSL” you may not understand the severity of Heartbleed. OpenSSL runs on 66% of the web. It is a free, out-of-the box solution for providing SSL functionality for a website or app. Because of this, it is the appealing choice, which is why so many use it. It is not only used by websites and apps but also instant messaging, network routers, email clients and even some printers.
The scary thing about Heartbleed is that it goes right to the heart (as you might guess by the name) to encryption. Encryption makes sure when information is sent from one computer or server to another it is protected and secure. It’s like a secret language that would have to be decoded to be understood. (more…)Continue reading More news