Apple says that its services were not affected by the Heartbleed bug.
Netizens woke up to the haunting news of Heartbleed earlier this week. The bug, which is a serious vulnerability in the highly-used OpenSSL implementation, allows hackers to steal sensitive information from websites using the SSL/TLS encryption.
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Heartbleed didn't spare giant technology companies. Google, Facebook, and Yahoo have released official statements this week assuring customers that its security engineers are working double-time to fix the serious flaw, which can be catastrophic, according to security experts.
Apple has also confirmed that its services - web, mobile, and desktop - were not affected by the Heartbleed bug. In a statement to Re/code, the Cupertino-based technology company said that its iOS, OS X, and web-based services are safe.
“Apple takes security very seriously. IOS and OS X never incorporated the vulnerable software and key Web-based services were not affected,” Apple said.
Meanwhile, security experts are advising users to update their passwords, especially on sites that have been affected. Mashable has a nifty list of affected sites. You can check the list here.
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To help you manage passwords better, you may also use password management services like LastPass and 1Password. It's better to be safe than sorry.