Hey, it’s Dave here….
Many of us “online marketers” have just been alerted about a new security threat you NEED to pay attention to…
It’s called the Heartbleed bug, and if you haven’t heard about it yet, you will very soon…
Some computer security experts are calling it the worst security breach ever.
So if you’ve ever entered passwords, credit card numbers or any other personal information into a “secure” web page over the last two years, you need to pay attention, and take action…
I’m a technology guy, have been for years, and I’m going to share a little bit of what I found.
More importantly, we’ll give you some quick recommendations on how to protect yourself now, and in the future.
So first things first … here’s the report from my research team:
What Is the Heartbleed Bug?
Heartbleed is one of the biggest, most widespread vulnerabilities in the history of the modern web.
It’s a software bug that allows a knowledgeable hacker to siphon off private information entered into supposedly “secure” pages of the internet.
Specifically, the bug is only found in software that uses the encryption software known as OpenSSL. Unfortunately, about 66% of all websites and web apps run on OpenSSL.
That means if you’ve ever entered personal data into a site that you thought was secure because the address started with “https:” … well, it may not have been as secure as you thought. And your sensitive data may have already been stolen hundreds of times.
Plus, it’s not just websites that are affected. Lots of apps, email services, instant messaging clients, network routers and even printers can use OpenSSL.
The worst part is that any past security breaches are impossible to detect. So no one really knows how much damage has been done.
That’s why Heartbleed hasn’t had more widespread media coverage yet. When people can’t put a real number on how much data has been stolen, it becomes hard to grasp and newsmakers don’t know exactly how to report it.
But just because we can’t quantify the impact doesn’t mean you can ignore this problem.
The Heartbleed bug has been installed on most systems for over two years now. So the potential breach is enormous.
Is Heartbleed Really Such a Big Deal?
Imagine you’re hiking in the woods toward your favorite secluded lake.
Suddenly, every wild animal in the forest is running toward you. But to your amazement, they run right past you and never stop. The only thing more surprising is the terrified looks on their faces.
Now most sane people would take that as a sign that something pretty awful is happening just ahead. Maybe a huge fire. Or an avalanche. Or perhaps a flash flood.
In that moment, you wouldn’t really need to understand WHAT’s going on. You’d probably just do what the animals were doing. Turn around and run like hell.
That’s what the Heartbleed bug is like.
Whether you understand it or not, this is a big deal. All the techno-savvy experts are wide-eyed and sounding alarms. They’re like those wild animals running scared.
One security expert put it this way, “‘Catastrophic’ is the right word for Heartbleed. On the scale of 1 to 10, this is an 11.”
Yup. It’s really that bad.
So what should you do?
Here’s What You Need To Do Right Now
One of the frustrating things about Heartbleed is that you are limited in how to protect yourself.
Your data is at the mercy of the person who manages all the various web services that use OpenSSL.
Most major sites have already installed security patches … but if your data has already been stolen, it may be too late.
So the first step is to change passwords on all the sites that you use. If you want a list of sites that use Open SSL, you can find lists on the internet.
They include many major sites like Google (Gmail), Yahoo, Instagram, Dropbox, TurboTax and a host of other popular sites.
Rather than give you a specific list here, it’s probably wisest to just change all your passwords, just to be safe. Because if you’re like most people, you have one password (or variation) that you use for all your sites.
Changing your passwords is something you should do as soon as possible.
Here’s How to Protect Yourself Going Forward
Once we heard about Heartbleed, we couldn’t help thinking about how this could affect our members and their personal financial data.
So through our connections, we contacted one of the foremost security, cybercrime and counterterrorism experts in the U.S.
This man has consulted for Interpol, the United Nations, NATO, and U.S. Government, and teaches at one of California’s most advanced technological Universities.
We’ve seen his talks and followed his articles, keeping in mind some of our most pressing questions on topics like:
- What predators and hackers already know about you…
- How that affects your bank security, identity theft and the resulting credit score nightmares…
- How easily ATM machines can be hacked, and how safe it is to use these machines…
- How easy is it to hack into your online banking accounts…
- Whether true asset protection is even possible in our digital age…
- How currencies and Markets are affected by security breaches…
- How can small businesses and entrepreneurs protect themselves against data theft?
- How can individuals protect themselves against identity theft?
- And MUCH more…
What he reveals in these speeches totally blew us away…
And we knew we absolutely NEED to share it with our members…
Because with a couple clicks of a mouse, these intimate details of your life and finances can end up in the wrong hands, in a matter of seconds.
But… he also knows ways you can protect yourself from these growing threats.
We’d love to pursue this further, but we want to make sure it’s something YOU want first.
So if you’re interested in protecting your money from cyber theft and hiding your personal data from prying eyes, please click here to let us know.
There’s nothing to buy. It’s just your way of telling us you want to know more about the top-notch security and privacy tools used by the ultra-rich.
For now, just be sure to change all your online passwords over the weekend.
Yes, it’s a big hassle. But it’s really that important if you want to protect yourself and your family.
In the meantime, we’ll keep tabs on Heartbleed and let you know if there’s anything else you need to do to protect yourself.
P.S. The official site for more info on this security bug is http://heartbleed.com