By now we’re sure many of you guys have heard of a certain security flaw called Heartbleed. For those unfamiliar, the Heartbleed vulnerability was discovered in the OpenSSL technology, which is a set of encryption software that is typically used by internet services and companies to help safeguard user information, and is apparently used on more than two-thirds of the internet, thus making the threat very real and very scary.
Many companies have since come forward to either confirm or deny that their services might have been affected, and for the most part many users have taken to changing their passwords used for online services just to be extra safe. Now the good news for Apple users is that the Cupertino company has since come forward and stated that none of their products or “key web services” have been affected by this flaw.
This was confirmed by an Apple spokesperson in a statement to Re/code. According to the statement made, “Apple takes security very seriously. IOS and OS X never incorporated the vulnerable software and key Web-based services were not affected.” It should be noted that Apple is one of the few major tech companies not affected by this vulnerability, at least that’s what they claim.
There are some like Facebook, Google, and Yahoo who have used the OpenSSL technology and have admitted that there could be periods of time when they might have been vulnerable to the Heartbleed flaw. Like we said, it’s best to go ahead and update your passwords just to be on the safe side.
In the meantime, the folks at Mashable have compiled a list of websites and services that may or may not have been affected by the flaw, so if you want to see if the websites and services you frequent are affected, head on over for the details.
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