Heartbleed: We’re Not Affected. Here’s What You Can Do To Protect Yourself
There’s a good chance you’re wondering whether AWeber.com and other websites you use have been affected.
So let’s talk about it.
AWeber: Not Affected
When we found out about Heartbleed, we quickly verified whether we were affected.
All of our servers were secure and not affected by the Heartbleed bug.
Now that we’ve got that out of the way, let’s talk about what you can do to protect yourself now and minimize the risk of future events like Heartbleed affecting you.
Why It’s Still a Good Idea to Change Your Password
First of all, even though AWeber was not affected, we recommend that you change your account password.
Why do we recommend changing your password, even if AWeber wasn’t affected?
Changing your password from time to time is a good security practice, and an event like Heartbleed is a reminder to do this.
Plus, you might also have been using the password for your AWeber account as your password for some other website that was affected by Heartbleed.
So go do that now. Here’s the link.
How to Find Out if Heartbleed Affects You
Next, you should find out what other sites you use that were affected by Heartbleed.
There are a few free resources available to help you with this:
- LastPass Heartbleed checker
- Filippo.io Heartbleed checker
- McAfee Heartbleed checker
- The Chromebleed extension for Google Chrome will tell you if a site you’re visiting is affected.
Get a Password Management Tool
Are you using the same password for multiple websites?
If so, it’s time to stop doing that and protect your digital self better.
There are a number of high-quality password management tools that will help you keep track of your various passwords.
In some cases, you can even automatically fill in the login and password you need for a site with a simple keyboard shortcut. So there’s really no reason to re-use a password on multiple websites.
Here are a few password management tools:
We like and use 1Password extensively at AWeber, but whatever your choice is, pick one and get in the habit of using it and setting up unique passwords for your online accounts.
More on Heartbleed
If you want to learn more about the Heartbleed bug, check out these pages…
- Official Heartbleed site
- Wikipedia entry on Heartbleed
- Visual explanation of how Heartbleed works
- CNET’s Heartbleed FAQ
- Mashable and CNET have lists of some of the affected sites.