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Simple tips to protect your devices from the heartbleed bug

Shane Tarter Shane Tarter

LOUISVILLE, KY (WAVE) - With major retailers being hit by hackers and security breaches, consumers are more skeptical of someone gaining access to their personal information. Adding to several people's fears of information being lost in cyberspace is the heartbleed bug.

Security experts say users should change their passwords periodically and should not use the same password for multiple websites.

"Heartbleed is not necessarily a virus as much as it was an exposed vulnerability in a core Internet technology," said Shane Tarter of Microsoft. "The general guidance for consumers is if you've used online banking or done those types of activities, certainly you'll want to change your password or do things like that to protect yourself."

Tarter added users should be educated shoppers and know where their software comes from. They also advise users to make sure their computers are equipped with the latest security updates.

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