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  • Posted by Ray Majoran

    Heartbleed

    If you haven’t already heard, a major online security vulnerability was recently announced, codenamed “HeartBleed”.

    “Heartbleed is a flaw in OpenSSL, an open-source encryption technology that is used by an estimated two-thirds of Web servers. It is behind many HTTPS sites that collect personal or financial information. These sites are typically indicated by a lock icon in the browser to let site visitors know the information they're sending online is hidden from prying eyes. Cybercriminals could exploit the bug to access visitors' personal data as well as a site's cryptographic keys, which can be used to impersonate that site and collect even more information.” – CNN (more info here)

    Fortunately for Bark and Radiant clients, we tend to steer clear of any open-source software, including OpenSSL.  Therefore, Bark and Radiant clients were not affected by HeartBleed.  However, if you use our services (like BarkBuilder or Radiant WebTools) and use the same password on other websites (like Facebook or Google), we advise you to change your password.  Some popular organizations that use OpenSSL include Facebook, Google (including Gmail), Yahoo, Tumbler and Amazon Web Services.

    Here is a (fairly complete) list of popular networks, along with recommendations on whether you should change your password or not.

    If you have any further questions or concerns, please don’t hesitate to contact us.