When is the last time you changed your online passwords? Weeks, months, years ago? If the answer is one of the later then it’s probably time you thought about altering them, especially in light of the recent Heartbleed Bug.
Discovered in early April, the ominously named internet bug threatens the security of popular sites including Facebook and Google. A vulnerability in OpenSSL, a protocol used to encrypt user information across the web, means that people’s private account information could be hacked including passwords and credit card information.
A patch has been released to address the issue, but the latest figures show that over 300,000 sites are still vulnerable to attacks.
To see if a certain site is vulnerable then undertake the following Heartbleed Bug test by entering the website’s URL.
If vulnerability is detected, then be vigilant, making sure to keep an eye on your account activity for signs of unauthorized activity.
If no vulnerability is detected then advice from specialists is to change your password for that site.
Tips for a good password from Connectsafely.org:
- Don’t just use one password, vary them across different sites
- Create passwords that are easy to remember but hard for others to guess
- Make the password at least 8 characters long
- Include numbers, capital letters and symbols
- Don’t use dictionary words