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Apple claims it was not affected by Heartbleed security bug

Lewis Leong

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Apple claims its desktop, mobile, and web services are safe against the Heartbleed security bug. The bug, which was discovered Tuesday, left over 66% of the web vulnerable to hackers.

In a statement provided to Re/code, Apple claims its sites and products are safe against Heartbleed. “Apple takes security very seriously. IOS [sic] and OS X never incorporated the vulnerable software and key Web-based services were not affected,” said an Apple spokesperson.

Apple claims it was not affected by Heartbleed security bug

Popular sites like Facebook, Google, and Yahoo! all admitted that the Heartbleed bug affected their servers for a short time but has been patched. Mashable has a list which popular sites and services were affected by the Heartbleed bug so check it out to see if you need to change your passwords.

Companies have been scrambling to patch the Heartbleed bug since it was discovered. You may have noticed certain apps and websites logging you out. This is a result of web administrators patching the bug, which requires a user to log in to exchange new private encryption keys.

Yesterday, Soundcloud warned users that they would be logged out to apply the patch.

You will want to change passwords even after companies patch the Heartbleed bug on their servers since eavesdropping is untraceable. Hackers may have sniffed out your user name and passwords already so make sure to change them.

Use unique passwords for each site and store them in a secure location. Password managers like 1Password and Lastpass are great tools to keep your passwords safe.

For more information about Heartbleed, check out our breakdown of what it is, how it works, and how you can protect yourself.

Source: Re/code

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