On April 1, 2014 the Google’s security team reported a severe error in the security used to protect private information affecting about 500,000 web servers.  The error is now called Heartbleed.

As your Credit Union, Taleris manages the security of your account information as a top priority. We want to assure you that the recent “Heartbleed Bug” has had no impact on the security of your data. You will not have to change your Taleris password (s). However, we do recommend changing your password (s) routinely to help safeguard your account information from unauthorized use.

For more information:

There is a wealth of information available on the Heartbleed bug, not all of it accurate.  A few sources we’ve found with good information are:

Forbes Magazine: http://www.forbes.com/sites/jameslyne/2014/04/10/avoiding-heartbleed-hype-what-to-do-to-stay-safe/ , CNET: http://www.cnet.com/how-to/which-sites-have-patched-the-heartbleed-bug/.

Mashable.com offers a list of poplar sites and advice on whether you should change your password on those sites: http://mashable.com/2014/04/09/heartbleed-bug-websites-affected/

Qualys SSL Labs provides a method to check websites for the Heartbleed bug  https://www.ssllabs.com/ssltest/index.html

All of the above links will open in a new tab and direct you to sites maintained by the companies listed, not by Taleris.

What Can You do To Protect Yourself

Changing passwords regularly is a very good way to ensure your online information stays safe.  Because Heartbleed is so widespread, and so many of us use the same password on multiple sites, it would be a good idea to change your Taleris Online and Mobile Banking passwords.

Before changing passwords on other sites, however, make sure they are Heartbleed free.  Otherwise, you may just expose your new information.  A new, bug free version of OpenSSL (the security protocol affected by Heartbleed) was released on April 7, 2014, and some sites were never vulnerable, but you should determine a site’s status before changing any passwords.