Heartbleed Security Risks - April 11, 2014 April 12 2014

We have had a few customers inquire about a new threat to e-commerce websites called “Heartbleed”. Although Classic Auto Reproductions is secure I wanted to be sure I addressed it so we are all aware of the security risks.

 

What Is Heartbleed?

Heartbleed affects SSL, the security technology that is used for establishing an encrypted link between a web server and a browser. You know when you’re browsing a site using SSL when you see “https://” and the lock icon in your web browser. Heartbleed is a serious security bug that is present in the popular OpenSSL library that is used by many web servers to provide SSL security.

The Heartbleed issue could allow an attacker to access private memory on a web server. That memory could contain user passwords, credit card numbers, private security keys, or other such information. This is a major security problem that affected, and continues to affect, millions of websites that use SSL

Because of all the publicity surrounding Heartbleed, one would assume that the majority of ecommerce sites will soon be secured against the issue. To re-iterate, Classic Auto Reproduction web store is safe from the Heartbleed vulnerability.

Meanwhile we do suggest the Chromebleed Checker extension for the Google Chrome web browser, as it will warn you if any website you enter your credit card details on is vulnerable to Heartbleed