There is almost always a story in the headlines about a new technical vulnerability – Target, eBay, Facebook, Yahoo, etc… Big companies can be hacked, too. Here’s a helpful article explaining what to do in a Heartbleed situation.
• Change your passwords
• Change them now
• Change all of them
There is good reason to change passwords frequently. In fact, most corporate business networks require users to change their password every 90 days. This is usually for the end users and rarely for the system-to-system accounts.
A vulnerability in a so-called secure network makes it possible for any account (specifically using HTTPS with OpenSSL, but let’s not get into details here…) to become exposed and accessed by someone other than the original user. That is always bad news. Hint: use varied capitalizations, numbers, and symbols to make an extra strong password.