What is Heartbleed?
As many of you have likely heard, the internet was recently made aware of a major security flaw in a commonly used piece of software called OpenSSL. An oversight in the OpenSSL code allows hackers to harvest data stored in the RAM of web servers running the software. Experts estimate that roughly 2/3 of the internet has been using the vulnerable version of OpenSSL for the past 2 years. This news left web administrators scrabbling to patch the holes and prevent hackers from exploiting the Heartbleed bug. If you would like to learn more about Heartbleed, please feel free to browse the following link: Heartbleed
How is this related to NESM?
The short answer: your NESM account information is safe. NESM recently employed a database to handle our meeting registration and membership information. This database is called Wild Apricot. Fortunately, Wild Apricot uses Microsoft servers which are unaffected by the OpenSSL Heartbleed vulnerability. If you would like to read a more detailed description from Wild Apricot, please visit the following link: Wild Apricot and Heartbleed
Should I change my password?
There is no need to change your password as a result of having your account with NESM. However, if you use the same password in multiple locations, it would be wise to change your password for each of those websites.