Warning: Passwords Compromised by Heartbleed Bug

April 10, 2014  /  University News


A recently discovered technical vulnerability in encryption software used to secure websites on the Internet caused quite a bit of media attention. The bug, popularly known at Heartbleed, has the potential to disclose private information, such as passwords, to a malicious attacker. (Watch the News12 interview with Adelphi Information Security Officer Kees Leune.)

Adelphi IT has checked all of our systems, and has concluded that none of Adelphi’s general-use, publicly accessible servers was vulnerable.

The general advice that we give is change your passwords regularly, a precaution that is as valid today as it is any time. Pick a password that is long enough, and use different passwords for different sites. If you have been using websites that were affected by the bug, we recommend that you change your password after fixes have been applied.

For a running list of affected sites, and recommendations for password changes, please visit mashable.com/2014/04/09/heartbleed-bug-websites-affected/

To protect yourself from various scams and attacks, please take a minute to review the practical tips and best practices about security awareness at it.adelphi.edu/security.

If you have any further questions, please contact:

IT Help Desk

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