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Heartbleed: Always Remember, Never Forget (to Change Passwords)

Posted on 4.01.2015

Can you believe it has been one year since the Heartbleed outbreak?

In April 2014, security researchers discovered the Heartbleed bug, a highly dangerous Web security flaw that affected over 500,000 websites and dominated national (and international) news for several weeks.

Despite the severe impact that was caused, what Heartbleed did provide was greater public awareness and knowledge about online privacy and Web security in general - if only for a short while. The problem is that much more needs to be done. In fact, a recent Dashlane study found that 86 percent of Americans have never even heard of Heartbleed - and that's a problem.

So, as a Web professional, what can you do to aid awareness? Encourage your users to change their passwords (and regularly). The Dashlane study revealed that just half (49 percent) of Web users (those responding to the survey) changed their online passwords within the 30 days following the arrival of the Hearbleed bug.

"Much work remains in educating the public about the dangers that exist online," said Dashlane CEO Emmanuel Schalit. "Attacks such as Heartbleed are becoming more commonplace, and larger in scale, and it’s critical that everyone is aware and educated about the threats as they affect all of us."

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