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Important Information Regarding the Heartbleed Bug

Important Information Regarding The Heartbleed Bug


What is the Heartbleed Bug?
Heartbleed is a flaw in the programming on secure websites that could put your personal information at risk, including passwords, credit card information and e-mails. The Heartbleed Bug is a defect in encryption technology – called Open SSL – used by most Web servers to secure users’ personal or financial information. It is behind many “https” sites that collect personal or financial information. Basically, it provides a secure connection when you are conducting a transaction or sending an e-mail online. Experts discovered the bug recently and warned that cybercriminals could exploit it to access visitors' personal data or to impersonate a website and collect even more information.

Is my bank account and personal information safe?
Yes, our technology vendors have assured us that our website, retail and business online banking sites were not impacted by this bug.

Am I affected?
Most active users of the Internet have likely been exposed, since a majority of websites – including Facebook, retail and even government sites – use the Open SSL software. But it is unknown whether any criminals have actually exploited the bug, and several major sites, like Amazon, have already installed patches. Most sites with an address beginning with “https” are vulnerable until the website operator fixes the bug and users change their passwords.

What can I do?
As always, it is a good idea to update your bank password every few months.  This bug is a perfect example of why The Village Bank requires you to change your online banking password every six months.  Also, monitor your account regularly and report suspicious transactions to the bank immediately. Beware of phishing scams – or e-mails with malicious links – that will attempt to get additional sensitive information from you.