Free McAfee Tool May Help Stop the Heartbleed

As the Heartbleed bug fallout continues, McAfee is rolling out a free tool to help users detect how susceptible they are to its potentially dangerous impact. Heartbleed is a vulnerability in OpenSSL that has placed millions of Internet usersEU personal information at risk.

Specifically, security researchers estimate that Heartbleed could affect up to two-thirds of all Web sites. It works by exploiting a vulnerability in the popular OpenSSL encryption software that protects usernames, passwords, credit and debit card numbers, and other personal information.

According to McAfee, this flaw in the SSL code could allow an attacker to gain access to system memory. Once that system memory is breached it could allow attackers to steal sensitive information or tap into personal communications. The security software firm said consumers should make a list of which sites they use that are affected and, after the sites are patched, change their account passwords.

Using Heartbleed Checker

EUItEUs important that users first check to make sure the Web sites they frequent are updated before changing their passwords,EU said Gary Davis, vice president of consumer marketing at McAfee, part of Intel Security. EUIn the wake of confusing information floating around, our tool makes it easy for consumers to quickly access the information they need. Armed with this information, consumers can decide when it is time to change their passwords and regain confidence in a safe Web surfing experience.EU

HereEUs how it works: Consumers can enter the Web site domains into the Heartbleed Checker tool. The results will reveal if that Web site has been affected by Heartbleed. It does this by checking whether or not the sites have been upgraded to the version of OpenSSL that is not susceptible to the bug.

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