Heartbleed Security Breach Affects Many Internet Users - Northern Michigan's News Leader

Heartbleed Security Breach Affects Many Internet Users

Posted: Updated:

A warning for anyone who logs onto the Internet. It may be time to change up your passwords.

A massive security breach called "Heartbleed" could put your personal information in jeopardy.  

It went undetected for more than two years.

The bug compromised web encryption technology used on many major websites.

It may have exposed millions of passwords, credit card numbers and other personal information to hackers.  

CNN reports that "many major websites including Google, Facebook, Yahoo and Amazon have said they've taken steps to secure their sites."

Many other websites ranging social media sites, company sites, commerce sites, hobby sites, sites to install software from or even sites run by the government may be impacted. 

You should update your passwords once sites have confirmed they have already applied measures to address Heartbleed. 

Vanessa Fayz talked to computer experts about the bug and has more details on how you can avoid becoming a victim.