Heartbleed Bug

April 16, 2014

You may have heard or read recent reports and news stories on the Heartbleed Bug.  In an effort to keep you informed we have put out this notice. Our website, It’s Me 24/7 Online Banking and Mobile Banking are safe from the heartbleed bug.

As always, Firefighters Credit Union recommends that you update your credit union password every few months. Also, monitor your account regularly and report suspicious transactions to the credit union
immediately. Beware of phishing scams – or e-mails with malicious links – that will attempt to get additional sensitive information.

For optimal security, we also recommend that you always use a unique password for any financial site or any site that stores your debit card/credit card information.

What is the Heartbleed Bug?

Heartbleed is a flaw in the programming on secure websites that could put your personal information at risk, including passwords, credit card information and e-mails. The Heartbleed Bug is a defect in encryption technology – called Open SSL – used by most Web servers to secure users’ personal or financial information. It is behind many “https” sites that collect personal or financial information. Basically, it provides a secure connection when you are conducting a transaction or sending an e-mail online. Experts discovered the bug recently and warned that cybercriminals could exploit it to access visitors’ personal data or to impersonate a website and collect even more information.

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