Written on April 11, 2014

You have likely heard about the “Heartbleed bug” cyber threat. We want to assure you that our IT team has gone through all of our systems and can confirm we do not have a security vulnerability due to this bug.

We do want our clients to be mindful of the severity of the exploit. We recommend that you change any passwords for sensitive sites. Make sure the site has confirmed they are not vulnerable to the exploit prior to changing your password. Many popular social networking and email services were affected. The link below can be used to check any site for the vulnerability. Common Sites that have been fixed include Facebook, Instagram, Pinterest, Tumblr, Google, Yahoo, Intuit and Dropbox.

Tips for dealing with passwords:

  1. Pick 3 or more good dissimilar passwords and memorize them as P1, P2 & P3. You can then keep an Excel spreadsheet documenting logon information for all of your sites using the codes (P1, P2 or P3).
  2. Don’t use the same password for social sites that you use for email or for financial sites (keep those different and separate).

Why you should have multiple passwords:
If a social or non-secure website is compromised, a hacker may have the ability to see your username and password. Since your email address is often your username, your e-mail account could be compromised using this information. Once in your e-mail account, e-mails like bank statements would be vulnerable. The hacker could attempt to logon to your bank’s website. Even if you have a different password – they could click “recover password” and since they have access to your e-mail, they could possibly get access to your online bank account, etc.

If you have any questions about this cyber security threat, feel free to call our Warren Averett Technology Group at (888) 419-9090 or email

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