You may have heard on the news that there is a security problem affecting many web sites and may be wondering if it will affect you.
You know that little lock that you think indicates you are on a secure site? Well, the industry standard code that web site makers used to ensure security was not that secure after all.
There is a serious vulnerability, named the Heartbleed bug, which allows stealing of information protected, under normal conditions, on popular websites. Internet-based applications, such as web, email, instant messaging (IM), banking, and some virtual private networks (VPNs) are affected. Hackers could get your social security number, credit card info, and more.
If notified by an administrator of a Ferris system to change your password, please change it promptly. If you have set up accounts on other websites and used the same password as your Ferris password, it is recommended that your change both passwords so they do not match.
Think about your personal accounts and consider these best practices:
Here is a good web page to find out more about what do to and what it all means: http://time.com/55337/how-to-protect-yourself-against-the-heartbleed-bug/
If you have further questions, contact the Technology Assistance Center at 231-591-4822.
Ferris Information Technology Services