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The Heart Bleed Virus has been causing serious security issues across the globe over recent days, potentially affecting sites that millions of Internet users log into every single day, posing a massive security risk for personal financial information.
However, now there is a virus test that can help users detect whether a specific website has updated itself to eliminate the bug, and if so users would have the green light to change their passwords and update their security measures to protect themselves.
The Heart Bleed virus test can be found on filippo.io by clicking here.
Once at that website, users can type in any domain to check whether the website is still vulnerable or whether it has updated its security measures already to eliminate the threat.
This is important because even though users have been advised to change their passwords across sites they use, this measure would be completely useless, and could even detrimental to users, if they did so before the website in question eliminated the security threat.
So users should visit the filippo website and check any website they are looking to change their password on.
A list of affected websites can also be found on GitHub.com by clicking here.
The Heart Bleed bug has reportedly put millions of passwords, credit card numbers and other private data online at risk.
The virus affects a widely used encryption technology that was supposed to protect online accounts. However, a flaw was recently found – one that could be exploited maliciously by those wanting to steal data, and potentially financial information from millions of users.
Some experts believe the threat could have gone undetected for more than two years, and many are concerned that hackers could have been secretly exploiting the flaw for a long time even before the problem was discovered.