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Heartbleed and Other Security Vulnerabilities

By Nextrio on June 20th, 2014 Facebooktwittergoogle_plusredditlinkedinmailby feather

Information security is a big concern for both consumers and companies. Consumers constantly share personal information online while ordering and making payments. Without information security, companies put their consumers at risk for having their personal data accessed by others. Keep your company safe by learning about Heartbleed and other security vulnerabilities.

What Is Heartbleed?

Many websites use OpenSSL software to keep users connected and protected. This software stores encrypted information, allowing visitors to log on to websites and access different pages without their login information being shared with other website visitors. OpenSSL has a feature that helps websites and computers communicate the information they need for visitors to gain access. This feature is called the heartbeat and is essential for regular usage. Unfortunately, some hackers have been able to access the heartbeat and request more information than normally exchanged. Officially known as “Heartbleed,” this action gives hackers access to encrypted information.

What are Other Security Vulnerabilities?

Heartbleed may have been popularly discussed in the news recently, but it is not the only security vulnerability for small and medium business owners to keep in mind. It seems that there is a new concern almost every day—from Target’s credit card breach to eBay’s recent scandal. Many small business owners believe that data security is not as important for them as it is for larger businesses. This leaves many small businesses without proper security, making them vulnerable to hackers. Proper protection is essential for protecting your company, employees, customers, and yourself.

How Can You Protect Your Company?

Working with an IT company can help you protect your company from security vulnerabilities. These experts will help you assess what information needs to be protected as well as the best ways to protect it. You and your employees can do your part by maintaining strong passwords and changing them frequently.

Nextrio has the tools and training to help your company stay safe from security vulnerabilities. Our IT company offers managed services and other essentials for small and medium businesses. Contact us at (520) 519-6301 to learn more.