"Heartbleed" computer bug puts sensitive data at risk - KOTA Territory News

"Heartbleed" computer bug puts sensitive data at risk

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A recently discovered flaw in software designed to make the web more secure has affected many popular sites like Google, Yahoo and Facebook.

The "Heartbleed" bug exploits glitches that could put usernames, passwords, and even credit card information at risk.

While many websites have fixed the error, the Better Business Bureau recommends consumers and business owners follow these quick and easy steps as an additional safeguard to protect your sensitive data.

Businesses:

Check your website's vulnerability at http://filippo.io/Heartbleed/

System Administrators:

Follow the advice of US CERT at http://www.us-cert.gov

Consumers:

- Create passwords that are long and strong utilizing capital and lowercase letters, as well a numbers and symbols

- Use separate passwords for every account you use

- Keep a list of all passwords in a safe and secure place

- Take advantage of privacy and security settings on websites based on your comfort level of information sharing

 

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