By now, you’ve probably heard about the Heartbleed Vulnerability, a vulnerability effecting systems that rely on specific versions of OpenSSL encryption.

Upon hearing the news of Heartbleed defect, we began to investigate our services and any vulnerabilities we, and in turn our members, could be exposed to. Verity has been reaching out to our vendors to assess our risk.

The good news is that our website and Online Branch vendors assured us we are not at risk. We’ve been in contact with our other vendors as well and have confirmed that they are not at risk, and are taking steps to continue to mitigate risk. We will continue to monitor the situation with each of them and everyone is taking this threat very seriously.

Regarding the websites that list out sites that may be “vulnerable” to this virus, our IT department has said that these websites are determining if our web servers useOpenSSL, regardless of version. Verity’s website does use OpenSSL, but the version we use is not vulnerable to the Heartbleed defect.

We encourage to you to regularly update your passwords, preferably every 90 days, as a best-practice. If you find you are affected in your personal activities, please update your passwords. If the service you use has not implemented a fix yet, you will need to update your password again once they have. If there are updates to our status that have an impact on our members, we will post them in the comments section of this post.

If you want some more information about Heartbleed, here are some websites for more information:

Melina Young

My name is Melina Young and I am the director of marketing at Verity Credit Union. I love everything to do with marketing, advertising, public relations and social media – especially all the research that goes into making a product or service really work for our members and making sure the right people hear about it. In addition to my time spent marketing, I have a blog and write about celiac disease, which I was diagnosed with in 2010. Basically, I can’t eat any of those foods we all love that are made with wheat, barley or rye.

I have also recently started running and completed my first 5k in 2011. Some people may not know that I used to do a lot of acting, dancing and singing in my life. I was in a Nike commercial with Gary Payton in junior high (if anyone ever finds the footage please send it my way!) and I used to compete as an opera singer in high school. I almost majored in musical theater in college, but I’m very glad with my decision to study marketing!

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