Many of you may have been getting emails from various websites about the “Heartbleed Bug” that has affected big websites on the internet.
We’d like to educate you on what it is, what it means for your website, and what we can do to help.
1) WHAT IS THE HEARTBLEED BUG?
2) LEARN ABOUT CURRENT WEBSITES AFFECTED:
Look for sites on this list (it’s a long one!). The ones with the frowny face 🙁 or the ones that say “vulnerable” are the ones to especially change passwords for and keep an eye on.
3) WHAT CAN BE DONE TO PROTECT YOUR OWN WEBSITE NOW?
Here’s some things you can do on your own:
– Go to this website and type in the URLs of all of your websites to see if they are vulnerable: https://filippo.io/Heartbleed/
– We suggest that you spend some time and change all your passwords. Make sure they are not words in the dictionary or easy for a hacker.
We’ve been using the free tool, LastPass, and so far it’s been a great resource for password management. Change your passwords every few months.
Email us if you’d like some help changing your website passwords.
– Inform your web team you about your changed passwords and related websites they work on with you so they are able to login again and work on your site if need be. Inform your team in the future if any additional changes arise.
4) WHAT CAN BE DONE TO PROTECT YOUR WEBSITE IN THE FUTURE?
We have a few suggestions:
A) WEBSITE INSURANCE: Schedule Reoccurring backups with us.
What we do: Backup your entire wordpress website every day, week, or month and send it to a server in case something happens to your website, we ensure we can get it back up to working order using a previous backup. PLEASE CONTACT US FOR MORE INFO
B) MAKE SURE YOU HAVE THE LATEST SOFTWARE ON YOUR WEBSITE
Keeping your wordpress software, theme and plugins is a very important part of website health. Keeping your software upto date is important because new releases that help protect your website come out often and if your site isn’t up to date, it could make your website more vulnerable to attack.
Contact us to schedule an assessment of your website’s current health.
C) Check for Malware
D) Get a website firewall
Please us know if there’s any other way we can support you. Email us anytime and we’ll be happy to help point you in the right direction.