DomainTools sent a reminder to its customers today urging them to change their user password because of the Heartbleed bug that has the potential to impact a huge amount of websites. Here’s part of the message I received from DomainTools this afternoon:
“On Monday April 7th, news broke on the Heartbleed bug vulnerability in the OpenSSL cryptographic library and the risk to users’ accounts. This has widespread implications as OpenSSL is used by roughly two-thirds of all websites on the Internet and this vulnerability could expose a user’s login and password to hackers.
As soon as we learned of Heartbleed on Monday we started taking steps to remove the vulnerability. These steps started Monday night and have been completed. Now that new SSL certificates are installed on all of our services, all DomainTools users will be logged out and forced to change their passwords to ensure there is no lingering exposure to Heartbleed. This needs to be done to ensure the security of our users’ accounts and login credentials.”
Although DomainTools is the only domain industry company I’ve heard from urging a password change, I have spent the last couple of hours changing my passwords on as many websites as possible. I do not use the same password on different websites for security reasons, and I think it’s important that others use difficult passwords as well as two factor authentication where possible.
The good and bad thing is that this bug has the potential to impact millions of people so websites and companies are basically forced to take action to protect their customers. If you haven’t changed your passwords yet, now is the time to do it. From what I have been reading, this has the potential to be very bad, and many other websites are urging people to make changes to their passwords immediately.