What You Need To Know About The Heartbleed Security bug

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On the 9th April 2014 security researchers announced a security flaw in OpenSSL, the webs most popular data encryption standard. This flaw, known as the "Heartbleed Bug" can give hackers who know about it the ability to extract massive amounts of data from the services that you may use every day and assume are mostly secure.



Unfortunately, it seems everyone who uses the internet may all have been affected by this over the last 2 years and not even realized it.

All of our servers were patched on Tuesday morning before the vulnerability was announced, so you do not need to do anything.


Heartbleed isn't simply a bug in an app or on a website that can quickly be updated. The vulnerability is in the machines that power services that transmit secure information including ones such as Facebook and Gmail.


So we have put together the following guide to the so-called Heartbleed bug to help you understand what all the fuss is about, and how you can protect yourself.

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Why Does A Hacker Hack Your Website?

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Many people think of a hacker as some sort of bedroom based geek who has nothing better to do than cause mayhem, and some are, but in most cases this is far from true. Hackers are often large groups of people employed to to get information, they work from modern office blocks in countries far away and are paid on results. Some work for organised criminal gangs to gain access to sensitive data such as Credit Card numbers, email addresses and other personal data and once they get this data they sell it on to other organised crime gangs. Its big business and sadly, growing at an alarming rate and seems an accepted part of internet life that will only get worse.

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Do You Really Know About Social Media?

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With Social Media becoming an essential part of all marketing strategies, it’s becoming increasingly obvious that more companies are misunderstanding the difference between “doing it” and knowing what you’re doing.

These days anybody can set up a Facebook or Twitter account and schedule a few tweets, but when it comes to understanding strategy that’s where you need a specialist.

For example, did you know how frequently Facebook changes its algorithm? Are you aware of EdgeRank, what it means and how it impacts where you feature on your friends/followers timeline? And what about hashtags? 

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Lincolnshire's Very Own “LORD SUGAR” Is CEO of Ellmore Consultancy Dan Ellmore.

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South Holland Family Enterprise Day is taking place on Sunday - 29 September 2013 at Springfields Events Centre in Spalding.

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Is it time to talk to your inactive customers?

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Do you ever think about that percentage of your marketing list that didn't click through from your latest email campaign?  What about those who didn't even open it?  They are on your list for a reason, perhaps it's time to re-engage with them.

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