5 Tips for Protection Against the Heartbleed Bug

I’ve been reading a lot about the Hearthbleed bug and this is serious. I’ve put together a list of things you can do to stay safe, from all I’ve gathered yet…

1. Avoid public WiFi
Unknown or untrusted WiFi should be avoided. You’re probably not safe on random “free” WiFi connections and with the Heartbleed vulnerability exposed, chances are that they probably haven’t taken any security measures against the loophole yet. Until, and unless you’re sure it’s safe, stay away from public WiFi, probably until the loophole has been widely fixed.

2. Change your passwords for the fixed sites
Not all websites were affected by this loophole, and not all that were affected have been fixed. How would you know? The websites that were affected emailed their users (I received several emails this morning). If you received one of such emails, it means that they have patched up their servers to fix the problem. So simply follow the instructions to have your password changed. Don’t go changing all of your passwords willy-nilly lol It is not necessary to change your password on the websites that were affected but haven’t applied the patch. Why? Because without the patch, changing your password still means your data is exposed.

At least, change your passwords for the following websites:

  1. Google (and Gmail)
  2. Yahoo (and Yahoo Mail)
  3. Facebook
  4. Pinterest
  5. Instagram
  6. Tumblr
  7. GoDaddy
  8. Dropbox
  9. GitHub
  10. Minecraft
  11. OKCupid
  12. SoundCloud

Here is a list of common websites affected by the Heartbleed Bug.

3. Watch out for your credit cards (and bank statements)
In the worst case scenario, your identity or personal information may have been exposed and you probably aren’t even aware. To be on the safe side, just check to make sure nothing strange goes on or changes with your accounts, from time to time.

4. Update your software
Like the time a loophole was discovered on the iOS, a series of updates were released. And now, this is a big threat to everyone, not just iOS users for instance. So, as soon as software updates are available, please update them. Not many operating systems were affected by this vulnerability, but nevertheless, apply updates as soon as they become available.

5. Turn off remote access on your router
Apparently, some internet routers can be accessed externally. The good news is, the ones that have this feature, also have the option to disable it. So if your router has this feature, you might want to disable it as well. If you’re not sure, have someone with some technical know how take a look and help you disable that feature if possible.

Reference: http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2014/04/11/heartbleed-routers_n_5132306.html?ncid=fcbklnkushpmg00000042

Be safe everyone…

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