Have you heard about the HeartBleed Bug? Scary Stuff!
Quoted from http://www.heartbleed.com: “The Heartbleed Bug is a serious vulnerability in the popular OpenSSL cryptographic software library. This weakness allows stealing the information protected, under normal conditions, by the SSL/TLS encryption used to secure the Internet.”
This means that someone can steal your login information! This would be a good time to change your passwords, sorry to say!
For now, before logging into any secure sites I am entering the URL into the form at http://filippo.io/Heartbleed/ and I recommend you do the same. Regarding banking, some banks give out “tokens” which are small digital keys that generate a second password every time you log in. I’ve used one for years and I love it. It’s extremely secure.
Please visit the Heartbleed Test website and enter the address of the site you plan to log into in the field. If you get a warning, do not log in. Contact the site owner. Check your own website as well. If your site is vulnerable, contact your host immediately. My clients largely use Bluehost and Cloud Access. Cloud Access is on top of this and has patched their system for protection. I just got off the phone with Bluehost and was told that they have not been effected. They suggested, however, that users check their sites using this form. I suggest that everyone enter their URLs into this form to see if they’re effected.
Be safe out there!