By now, you’ve heard at least talk of a new threat called Heartbleed. In the interest of your security and awareness, we wanted to take some time to explain what Heartbleed is and how it can affect you, reassure you about your account information with JobNimbus, and provide you ways to protect yourself and your information.
What is Heartbleed?
Discovered on April 7th, Heartbleed is an exploit available through a flaw in OpenSSL, a piece of security software used by a wide range of companies and other organizations throughout the world.
This flaw gives a potential attacker the power to gain access to sensitive information (emails, passwords, even payment information) stored within the memory of an affected website or database. If desired, they could access this information with just a basic network request.
Needless to say, this is a huge security hole that is ultra important to plug up.
Is JobNimbus affected?
Rest assured, JobNimbus is not affected. We have never, nor do we plan to use OpenSSL in our servers for any certifications.
Since we don’t use OpenSSL, the data you have with JobNimbus, be it your login information or credit card data, are all in tact and safe from Heartbleed.
As far as JobNimbus goes, you don’t need to worry about changing your password or waiting for a fix.
If you would like, you can use this tool to confirm JobNimbus is unaffected and check other sites you might be a member of that may have been affected.
How can I protect myself on site affected by Heartbleed?
While JobNimbus is safe, you’re more than likely to have an account with another service that may have been at risk. Companies as big as Yahoo!, Google, and others.
Companies are racing to update their servers and databases with the fix and regenerating new security certificates to get out of this mess.
Many companies are doing a great job informing their customers of what they need to do, but if you haven’t received any communication from a service, be sure to see if it is still affected or not using the tool above.
If they are still affected, be sure to contact them to ask about the fix.
If they are unaffected, the safest bet for you is to log in and immediately change your password. This can protect you in the event of a possible breach of your personal information.
Remember to always have a different, unique password for all your online accounts and be sure to stay safe out there!
– The JobNimbus Team