The Heartbleed Bug is one of the most happening things in the news since a past week. It is proved to be a potential security threat for the OpenSSL encryption threat for internet users. This weakness will make it easy for the hackers in stealing the personal and private information, under normal conditions, by the SSL/TLS encryption used to secure the Internet.
Can some of the best antivirus software in the market have any solution to this?
Well, it is a serious security threat that allows anyone in the world on the internet can read the memory of the servers that are using the vulnerable versions of OpenSSL encryption. The OpenSSL 1.0.1 through 1.0.1f (inclusive) versions are vulnerable.
Here are some of the myths about Heartbleed bug
#1. Heartbleed bug affects only websites:
Well, in one point of view it’s right. But it has the potential to affect the devices connected to the servers that are still using vulnerable OpenSSL versions. So, it can be your mobile, your PC or other devices.
#2. Hackers can access your devices remotely.
Well, it is not entirely true as well. The hackers cannot take control over your smartphones or your devices using heartbleed bug. But they have access to listen to your personal information like your chats, messages, device memory, etc.
#3. Online Banking is also open for HeartBleed!
This again isn’t entirely true as none of the banks have reported any major susceptible leak of the information. It is also stated that most of the Bank are not using OpenSSL encryption services, so they are not at the risk of Heartbleed Bug. (Hopefully)
#4. Online Paying Services, E-commerce websites are open for HeartBleed!
As per CNet’s survey and research stated the Paypal is not vulnerable to heartbleed bug. Most of the e-commerce sites like Amazon, eBay, Groupon, Walmart are also proven that they are not victims of heartbleed Bug. At least not directly these e-commerce sites, banks, online paying services are vulnerable to.
#5. Heartbleed is a Virus.
Initially most of the people considered that HeartBleed is a virus and they have to start using the stronger antivirus software in order to stay safe. But, it is proved that Heartbleed is just a bug. It’s a flaw that evolved from simple coding error in the open source encryption protocol that are being used by many websites and servers.
These are some of the common myths about Heartbleed Bug. The only solution for this is to update the encryption protocol and also change your passwords for time being.