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Heartbleed. What does this mean?!

Heartbleed is a software bug in the open-source cryptography library OpenSSL, which allows an attacker to read the memory of the host computer (for example, a Web server), allowing them to retrieve potentially privacy-sensitive data.

excerpt from http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Heartbleed_bug

heartbleedThe bad news is, some very popular and high level sites have had password information compromised, including gmail, facebook, and so on. As a precaution it would be wise to change passwords on any of these sites that have already fixed the bug.

There is no good news really, aside from the simple fact that my clients were not affected. Fortunately, the heartbeat port on our server was inactive, and we were not susceptible to this particular bug.

Want to test your server? Try this: heartbleed server test