Bergen County, NJ -04/09/2014
Web security is something a lot of people take for granted. Sending private information across the Internet such as credit card and social security numbers is second nature now. “I don’t even think about it anymore. I just type the info in and send it off” says the business savvy Internet user Anthony Amado.
A new Internet security flaw named “Heartbleed” is potentially compromising secure data for hundreds of thousands of users. Researchers in Finland found the bug recently and think it may have been active for the past two years. “Heartbleed” would allow for hackers to mimic popular websites such as Google and Facebook, stealing users accounts and personal information.
Major sites like Google, Facebook, Yahoo and more have already made upgrades to systems to block out the flaw.
Researchers say “Individuals should update their passwords across the various Web pages they use, but only once they have confirmed a site has already taken the proper measures to address Heartbleed. If they don’t and that site is still at risk, the new password could also be compromised. Many sites will also likely send e-mails instructing customers to update passwords if necessary.”
“The Internet is incredibly helpful and beneficial, but also scary” says Anthony Amado.