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Heartbleed and Small Business Security. Hearbleed’s Affect on 7 Small Business Web Sites.

As you might know by now, Heartbleed is a security flaw that enables unauthorized users to access your encrypted information.

When you visit a web site, through a “secure connection”,  in theory the information is encrypted and can’t be accessed.

According to CNN, “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.”

Just do a Google search for “Heartbleed” to see what you need to do.

But in short, you need to a) ensure that the web sites your use have fixed the Heartbleed security flaw b) if they’ve done this you need to then change your password.

There seem to be so many security holes, flaws and ways for un-authorized users to access your network. Here’s what you should do to be as secure as possible:

  • Be vigilant and aware when major secure flaws are announced by the general media
  • Sign up and/or be aware of security notifications from your software vendors
  • Regularly update your computer software (browser, operating system, software)
  • Backup your data and related software and applications
  • Train your staff (and you) in the basics of computer security
  • Be vigilant and smart (don’t write your password on a piece of paper, for example)
  • Consider “two factor authentication” to have not only a password to access your web sites but also a secret code provided on a cell phone or other 3rd party device

Here’s some popular small business online software and how they been affected by Heartbleed

Quickbooks online - not affected

GoDaddy – if you use their SSL services read this statement in what to do

PayPal – not affected

Dropbox – was affected but has patched it’s servers – password reset probably needed

Evernote – never affected, was secure

Asana – was affected, fixed their servers – you might want to change your password

Most all banks appear to have not been affected

Infusionsoft – not directly affected at all. However read this thorough blog post for more details.

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About Ramon Ray

Ramon Ray, Marketing & Technology Evangelist, Smallbiztechnology.com & Infusionsoft. Full bio at http://www.ramonray.com . Check him out on Google Plus, Twitter or Facebook

3 thoughts on “Heartbleed and Small Business Security. Hearbleed’s Affect on 7 Small Business Web Sites.

  1. avatarTerry Culkin

    Great Article Ramon. Heartbleed is one of many security threats small business’s have to worry about. One major issue small business has is lack of a dedicated IT guy. Small biz owners today have to become more tech savvy to compete.
    Mashable has a great list on who was affected with heartbleed. Also I wrote an article on my site that has a link to a great scanner. The main issue here is small biz owners should up date all their passwords.
    To make this easy for my clients I advise them to create a website login list, that of course doesn’t directly have passwords on them. It is getting harder and harder to be secure online. It’s important to be aware of what digital products your business owns and if they are updated, like you mentioned in this article.

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