Well… it was bound to happen sooner or later. The greatest internet privacy bug of all time, dubbed “Heartbleed” has sent the internet into an uproar regarding security, passwords and presumably safe (encrypted) information that could have possibly fallen into the hands of those who live by less than scrupulous ethical codes. It’s bad, folks. VERY bad.
We’ve already received several inquiries here at AudioAcrobat regarding our servers and how Heartbleed might affect AudioAcrobat. To be blunt, it doesn’t. Read on for helpful Q&A to put inquiring minds at ease.
Q: What is “Heartbleed”?
A: Heartbleed is a bug in OpenSSL, an open-source software that’s used by many online services and websites to encrypt communications taking place over the internet. This bug can unveil a server’s data memory and sensitive data, such as passwords, etc.
Q: Has AudioAcrobat been compromised?
A: No. The AudioAcrobat network does not run the affected software versions. You can see evidence of this in the following screenshot:
Q: Do I need to change the credit card for automatic payments?
A: There is no need to change the credit card on-file for any Heartbleed-related concerns. However, if your card has expired or is no longer active, we would recommend updating your card information to avoid any lapse in service.
Q: Should I take any further action elsewhere on the web?
A: There is a lot of buzz about whether or not to start changing passwords immediately, across all internet sites we visit on a frequent, or semi-frequent basis.
To make a long story short, “maybe”.
Another resource we’d like to point out is a somewhat comprehensive list of sites which have been affected, which can be found here.
In general, it’s always best to update your passwords frequently (at least once every 6 months, if not more often), and not use the same password on more than one site.
Oh, and if you start receiving notices from services that your password HAS been updated, when YOU HAVEN’T made the change yourself, get in contact with them ASAP to determine who made the change.
That is all for now my friends, be safe out there.
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