The Heartbleed Bug: Realities & Consequences

    By Andy Donovan | Small Business

    The Heartbleed Bug: Realities & Consequences image heartbleed bugThe Heartbleed Bug: Realities & ConsequencesIt is obvious that data security issues on the Web are not new to any of us. On the contrary, they have been a continuous disease of various online services for long, ever since the appearance of Internet.

    However, due to the rapid development of technologies, the safety problems should have lessened by now, at least this is what most users expected. Unfortunately, the latest Heartbleed Bug proved such expectations wrong.

    The Monstrous Heartbleed Bug

    For those, who have somehow missed the news, there has recently been tracked a massive Bug in the OpenSSL software library, which could potentially cause data breach, affecting almost two thirds of the Web. As a result, millions of users were recommended to change their passwords on social media and other services, like Gmail and Dropbox in order to prevent their accounts from being hacked.

    As for now, the problem has been already resolved, but rumor has it there is much data left exposed publicly on the Web, which can, perhaps, be potentially dangerous in future. Additionally, the Heartbleed Bug has aroused concerns on whether we can ever hope to get our data protected online.

    Data Security Issues: Predictions for the Future

    World’s experts have several points of view on how online data security issues should be resolved in future.

    First, some analysts suggest we should no longer accept passwords as a sufficient safety practice and replace them with biometrical user identification.

    Of course, such strategy can be potentially beneficial to opt for, yet, not every user is ready to spend money on the relatively more expensive computer keyboards, laptops and mobile gadgets. Moreover, some skeptics presume biometrics is far from being a remedy, especially if the identifier, inserted in one’s smartphone, for example, fails to recognize its owner’s fingerprints.

    At the same time, other IT specialists suggest that companies should implement fresh encrypting technologies in their online services and add a biometrical identification option for mobile devices.

    According to Anton Ruin, CEO of Epom ad serving company, since customer data security is one of the primary matters for every business, it is vital to take all measures to keep such data safe.

    Anyway, no matter how optimistic or pessimistic the global online community is in terms of data security issues, it is now hard to predict how things are likely to develop further. At least we will hopefully make the right conclusions from the Heartbleed Bug case.

    This article was syndicated from Business 2 Community: The Heartbleed Bug: Realities & Consequences

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