The Heartbleed Bug is the Internet’s biggest security breach yet. The list of vulnerable sites is massive. Thousands of sites are affected, including Internet giants like Facebook, Google, and Yahoo. Private information from instant messages to credit card information may have been stolen.

Learn what happened and what you should do.

Heartbleed Bug

What is the Heartbleed Bug?

OpenSSL is a popular cryptographic software library used by the majority of websites. Basically, OpenSSL is the storage unit for all the data on the websites that use its software.

The Heartbleed Bug is a vulnerability that allows hackers to steal any and all information on the websites using OpenSSL…without leaving a trace.

This website explains the Heartbleed Bug in detail.

Security breaches on the Internet have happened before and will happen again. However, websites using OpenSSL make up 56% of the Internet, and approximately half of those websites are affected by the Heartbleed Bug. It is highly likely that a website you visited in the past two years was vulnerable.

Which Sites Are Affected?

Mashable is continually updating which sites are vulnerable on this list. If you have an account on any of these sites, change your password ASAP. Unfortunately, major websites are vulnerable and it’s unclear whether or not they are compromised.

Here’s a handy tool by LastPass to check if a website you’ve used over the past two years has been affected.


What Can I Do?

Unfortunately, there isn’t much you can do about the situation. It’s up to the Internet companies to update their servers to flush out the Heartbleed Bug.

What you can do is change your passwords. You can use the list from Mashable and the tool from LastPass to check if a site you’ve visited is vulnerable. If you weren’t already following the advice of changing your password every month, now is a great time to start.

You should always monitor your credit card and bank statements, but keep a close eye on all financial statements. According to Mashable’s list of companies they contacted, major banks seem to be unaffected by the Heartbleed Bug.

It’s still unclear if information has already been stolen.

Who is Responsible for the Heartbleed Bug?

It’s unclear who is responsible and what information may or may not have been stolen. The Heartbleed Bug leaves no trace.


Optimal Digital Marketing will continue to monitor the situation and make updates to this post. If you have any questions, please leave a comment and we’ll answer as best we can.

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