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Important Information about the Heartbleed Computer Virus
In light of new vulnerabilities caused by the heartbleed computer virus, the Society wants to share as much information as possible with our members to help you take precautions and keep your personal information safe on the Internet. Listed below are some precautions provided by the Society National Office's network provider.

PLEASE NOTE: The platform that the Society uses for its Web site and to maintain its database does NOT use OpenSSL so the platform is NOT AT RISK from this computer virus.

Some Simple Guidelines

• Check with your local internet service provider and any online merchants that have your credit card information to ensure that their own servers are safe.

• To be safe, you should change any online passwords you may be using on a regular basis (Facebook, Google accounts, bank accounts,  etc.).  It’s good practice to do this regularly and make sure you use strong passwords.

  1. Create strong passwords by using alphanumeric characters and symbols.
  2. Mix numbers with small and capital letters and use symbols.
  3. Create passwords that are eight characters minimum.

• Do not save log-in username, password, and credit card information in your computers.

• When visiting unsafe or unknown Web sites:

  1. Read pop-up warnings, but do not automatically click yes or continue
  2. If the pop-up says that it needs to install a program, click NO unless you are sure that this is a program that you need to install

• When using public WiFi:

Refrain from accessing online bank accounts, purchasing items, downloading sensitive documents and connecting to VPNs when using unsecured public WiFi.

• Lastly, be a “Smart Surfer”

  1. If a Web site looks bogus, leave the Web site.  Even if it’s a trusted Web site, it does not mean that it is always secured
  2. If an email/email sender looks dubious or unsolicited, do not open it just delete it.
  3. If you get a pop-up message, read it and understand first before clicking “Yes” or “Continue”.

(For more information on the heartbleed virus, click this link to CNet:

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