How to Deal with Heartbleed Bug

You have to know that there is a security flaw recently discovered. Google has advised Android 4.1.1 Jelly Bean users that they are susceptible to Heartbleed Bug. Heartbleed bug is a security flaw that can affect the browsers. As you may know, the browsers can be used to harvest data that can expose your information.


Singaporeans with Android 4.1.1 Jelly Bean operating system should be wary of the new security breach. Singaporeans should not be too worried because National Security Agency (NSA) has provided some suggestions on how to deal with Heartbleed bug:

  • Update: If you use OpenSSL versions (versions 1.0.1 to 1.0.), you should immediately update it. This is to cover the “serious vulnerability”.


  • Contact the Internet Service Provider: If you think that you may be affected, you have to contact your ISP right away and inform them of the security risk you are going through. They will do something about it. 
  • Change passwords immediately: It was mentioned a while ago that the bug can harvest the data found in your browsers, as a precaution, you have to change your passwords right away. You have to change your password immediately to prevent other issues.

Mitigating the vulnerabilities caused by Heartbleed is possible. Do not just ignore it because you are exposing yourself. Apart from Android’s Jelly Bean, other operating systems are affected. It will affect firmware for Cisco and Juniper routers, firmware for AirPort stations and the My Cloud family firmware. If you think about it, Heartbleed is a simple error but its effect is great. If nothing is done, it will surely affect the entire system.