HeartbleedSecurity researchers recently released details of a security threat, nicknamed “Heartbleed,” that exploits a vulnerability in certain versions of Open SSL, a free software toolkit used for encryption of user data such as passwords, credit card numbers and other personal information. Unlike a conventional security breach that allows hackers to break into a site and download usernames and passwords, this bug potentially allows an attacker to access tiny chunks of data as they flow through or are stored in a server’s memory.

Nextiva accounts were not affected by the Heartbleed Bug. However, all Internet users are likely to be affected directly or indirectly. OpenSSL is the most popular open source cryptographic library that is used to encrypt traffic on the Internet. Your free email account, company ecommerce site, social media pages, and even government sites could be using a vulnerable OpenSSL.

We recommend that you test your server for Heartbleed and change all of your account passwords. Mashable provided a helpful breakdown of which password updates you should focus on first.

For additional information about the Heartbleed bug, visit heartbleed.com.