Quick Access to Information Empowers Consumers to Resume Safe Online Surfing
SANTA CLARA, Calif. — April 14, 2014 – Today McAfee, part of Intel Security, released a free tool to help consumers easily gauge their susceptibility to the potentially dangerous effects of the Heartbleed Bug, a vulnerability in OpenSSL that has placed millions of Internet users’ personal information at risk. By entering website domain names into the Heartbleed Checker tool, consumers can immediately determine if the websites they frequent have been affected by Heartbleed by checking whether or not the sites have been upgraded to the version of OpenSSL that is unsusceptible to the bug.
“It’s important that users first check to make sure the websites they frequent are updated before changing their passwords,” said Gary Davis, vice president of consumer marketing at McAfee, part of Intel Security. “In the wake of confusing information floating around, our tool makes it easy for consumers to quickly access the information they need. Armed with this information, consumers can decide when it is time to change their passwords and regain confidence in a safe web surfing experience.”
Estimated to affect up to two-thirds of all websites, the Heartbleed Bug is a vulnerability in the OpenSSL encryption software that protects usernames, passwords, credit and debit card numbers, and other sensitive user information. A flaw in the SSL code could allow an attacker to gain access to system memory, which potentially could contain sensitive information or communications. To protect themselves, consumers should determine which sites that they use are affected and then change those account passwords when the affected sites are patched.
To access McAfee’s free Heartbleed Checker visit: http://www.mcafee.com/heartbleed
For more information on the Heartbleed Bug and additional online safety tips visit: http://blogs.mcafee.com/consumer/what-is-heartbleed
McAfee, part of Intel Security and a wholly owned subsidiary of Intel Corporation (NASDAQ:INTC), empowers businesses, the public sector, and home users to safely experience the benefits of the Internet. The company delivers proactive and proven security solutions and services for systems, networks, and mobile devices around the world. With its Security Connected strategy, innovative approach to hardware-enhanced security, and unique Global Threat Intelligence network, McAfee is relentlessly focused on keeping its customers safe. http://www.mcafee.com
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¹ Press Release from San Francisco District Attorney’s Press Office: http://www.sfdistrictattorney.org/index.aspx?page=262