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Security Alert 'The Heartbleed Bug'

Thursday 10 April, 2014

Online shops hosted with Your Online Shop are NOT affected by the Heartbleed Bug.

The Heartbleed bug allows anyone on the Internet to read the names, passwords and data of the users. Attackers can eavesdrop on communications, steal data directly from the services and users and to impersonate services and users. 

The bug was introduced to OpenSSL in December 2011, however notification about the bug was only real eased yesterday, on 9th March 2014.

The Heartbleed bug works by exploiting a weakness in OpenSSL, a web server application that is there to protect your data when you are on a website that is using an SSL Certificate (SSL/TLS encryption). Most commonly, SSL Certificates are used by websites that collect your credit card data when you are shopping online and by Banks to protect your banking details when you are conducting internet banking. Importantly, not all versions of OpenSSL are affected by this bug. The Your Online Shop secure web server does not use the version of OpenSSL that has been compromised by the Heartbleed bug.

If you buy products using your credit card online, you should check that the online shop does not rely upon compromised versions of OpenSSL. 

More information can the Heartbleed Bug be found here.


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