It’s a discovery that could impact personal information that computer sites are supposed to keep secure.
Hackers have discovered a flaw in the software many businesses use to keep transactions secure on the Internet, and they are calling it the Heartbleed bug. Digital security expert Glen Klinkhart says businesses need to worry — more than individuals — that the software on their servers is up-to-date.
“If you don’t have a server you are generally going to be okay,” Klinkhart said. “The only concern would be possibly, could you be affected down the road by some place that you did e-commerce with? Unfortunately it is too soon to tell whether or not that is going to affect an individual.”
Klinkhart says businesses should make sure the software their servers use has been upgraded so that it’s no longer at risk for the Heartbleed bug. He said it’s always a good idea for consumers to be vigilant about checking their bank records and credit card statements to make sure all the charges are theirs.