The Heartbleed bug is the most serious internet bug uncovered to date. It’s so serious that experts are now expecting the web to slow to a crawl over the next weeks while companies scramble to fix thousands upon thousands of web sites. In fact, the process could take a year.
This bug leaves so much data at risk, and has gained so many headlines, that even the little guys are scared. And it’s about time.
Security should be a top priority for any company, especially those doing business online. Yet, I can’t tell you how many times a day (not a week or a month) I find huge security holes that are so easily fixed (most by just the click of a mouse), all because someone was either lazy or didn’t take the time to ensure proper business practices were followed. I’m talking rather simple things like:
- Using passwords that the average Joe can’t guess, and not storing passwords in the browser. (Here’s some help with that.)
- Configuring and password protecting the router or router/modem box properly.
- Accessing any customer data securely (yes, even phone numbers!)
- Using different passwords for different accounts.
- Using encryption when working with payment information.
- Creating temporary passwords that expire for third-party access.
- Using safe technology for providing password assistance.
- Keeping software and online scripts up to date.
These are just a few of the issues that are often ignored, leaving businesses wide open to attack. It’s a shame it took something as big as Heartbleed to open so many eyes. Now that it has, though, it’s time to get to work!