Posted by: Donna Cunningham | April 20, 2014

Information on Protecting Yourself From Heartbleed’s Identity Theft Threat

In last week’s discussion, we were talking about huge  computer problems people have been experiencing during this exact Grand Cross of Pluto, Uranus,  Jupiter, and Mars.   I jokingly spoke of some mysterious virus that might be at the root of these problems.   It turns out that there is a big one out there that we all need to take action to protect ourselves from.

It is called HeartBleed, and by using it, identity thieves can find out your financial information from any online source that uses it, such as your bank or credit cards. You also need to check on your virus protection software.  It is important to change your passwords, especially if you are in the habit of using the same password for multiple sites. If you bank online, you need to be especially alert and change your password.

Below you will find information and instructions that Norton sent out.  In the middle, you will find a tool to check to see if your financial institutions are protected.  Y0u can use it even if you aren’t a Norton customer.   I am happy to report that my bank accounts and PayPal account are protected, but I am changing  my passwords anyway.

(Additional important and practical tips on preventing identity theft here: Crucial Information about Preventing Identity Theft. None of us are immune, especially during transits like these.)


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You’ve likely heard of Heartbleed over the past week. We wanted to share a bit about what it is, steps we have taken to protect our customers and steps you can take to protect yourself across the Web.Some versions of Norton AntiVirus, Norton Internet Security and Norton 360 were impacted. On April 10th, we distributed updates to these impacted products to stop and block Heartbleed. Norton Accounts used to sign into were not impacted. Please refer to our FAQ for more information on how we’re defending against this vulnerability.Why Heartbleed affects everyone on the InternetHeartbleed is a bug in some versions of OpenSSL, a set of software tools used widely across the Web for security. This bug may reveal your name, passwords and other private information.If you visited a website that uses a vulnerable version of OpenSSL during the last two years, your personal information may be compromised. You can use this tool: to check if a particular website is currently impacted.How to protect yourselfDue of the complex nature of this vulnerability, changing your passwords before sites update their version of OpenSSL won’t fully protect you. Here are some simple steps you can take as a precaution:

Change your passwords on any website that contains sensitive information about you. You should first confirm that the site does not contain the Heartbleed vulnerability by using this tool.
If you’ve reused passwords on multiple sites, it’s especially important to change them. To change your Norton Account password, visit and click Account Information.
Beware of phishing emails and type website addresses directly in your browser instead of clicking on a link through an email.
Monitor your bank and credit card accounts for unusual activity.

It may take an extended period of time for all the sites affected by Heartbleed to fix this vulnerability. To determine if a website is vulnerable to Heartbleed use this tool. We recommend you only exchange personal or sensitive information such as your credit card number if the site is not affected by Heartbleed.

You can learn more about Heartbleed and its impact to consumers by checking out our FAQ or by following the Norton Protection Blog.

Stay Safe Online


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(More important and practical tips on preventing identity theft here: Crucial Information about Preventing Identity Theft. None of us are immune, especially during transits like these.)

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