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The Heartbleed bug; is it time to improve your online account security

The Heartbleed bug leaves your online accounts vulnerable to hackers

The Heartbleed bug leaves your online accounts vulnerable to hackers

One of the biggest security threats the internet has ever seen could be putting your sensitive online account information at risk. Heartbleed is a security bug; essentially a programming error that leaves all forms of internet data open to hackers. The bug has affected many popular services and websites that you might use every day, such as Facebook and Gmail -? and could have exposed your account information (passwords and credit card numbers) over the past two years. Read more about the bug and where it came from here.

It has already been widely publicised that the public should change their password accounts to protect themselves from hackers who are actively exploiting this vulnerability. Many sites have created patches to protect users from the Heartbleed bug, but it is still highly advised that all passwords are changed as your data may have already reached the hands of hackers. See a list of affected sites and those that have been ?patched? here.

However, creating new passwords for each of your accounts can be time consuming and in truth, difficult to remember. Most of us tend to choose convenience over safety and use the same password, or few choice passwords across all accounts; easy to remember, but a low security option? a hacker need only access one of your account passwords, before they are then able to hack a wide range of your accounts and access your personal details.

1Password is a great app that makes online safety convenient and simple. The app makes changing your plethora of online accounts faster, easier and much more secure. 1Password creates complex, unique passwords for you, and remembers them all ? all you need to do is recall ONE master password to access the app itself.

The app can also be used to safeguard passport info, bank accounts and credit cards. It?s a vault for all of your important information and can be synched across your phones, tablets and PC?s with most operating systems.

In case you misplace or lose your phone, the app auto locks and is secured behind your choice of a strong password or a 4-digit unlock code. In addition to easy manageability and security it can also speed up online form filling; the details you enter can be easily copied and pasted into other applications or web forms, making filling in your details faster.

Store your passports, driver licenses and more into the app to ensure that you never leave home without your important data. Create complex passwords to increase your online safety and feel safe in the knowledge that all of your data is highly encrypted so your information is safe, even if your device is lost or stolen. To find out more and download the app click here.