As you may have heard, there is a new widespread security vulnerability out on the interwebs called “Heartbleed”.
Let me start out by saying that cablesandkits.com was not / is not vulnerable. We were aware of the Heartbleed vulnerability and took steps to confirm our status within 24 hours of when the vulnerability was made known to the public. Our on-going promise is to take every precaution possible to keep our site and your information safe not only from Heartbleed, but any other attack.
Now that we have that out of the way, you are probably wondering, “What in the world is Heartbleed?”
Well, we can help with that. Since this is an ever-evolving situation, we will stick to the facts and the best ways to protect yourself and your personal data.
First off, what exactly is Heartbleed? (Ok, this is going to get VERY technical, but only for a moment…)
Heartbleed is a security vulnerability in OpenSSL software that lets a hacker access the memory of data servers. That means a user’s sensitive personal data — including usernames, passwords, and credit card information — is potentially at risk of being intercepted. The vulnerability also means an attacker could steal a server’s digital keys that are used to encrypt communications and get access to a company’s secret internal documents.
Now, most importantly, what do you need to do about it?
- If you think you might have visited a site that is infected or is vulnerable to Heartbleed, you need to change your password, please wait until you get confirmation from the specific website/online store that the vulnerability has been patched. You can check a site with a tool called LastPass. We would recommend even if you use the tool to check with the company itself to confirm that they are safe and not vulnerable to Heartbleed.
- You should be cautious about visiting websites that you do not trust. Generally the risk is [Read more…] about Heartburn…or Heartbleed?