This week, it emerged that a security flaw in the internet may have been exposing people’s login details and passwords to hackers.

The bug, known as Heartbleed, has been active for up to two years and is thought to have affected up to half a million websites.

Lots of providers, like Google and Facebook have now taken steps to protect their users and smaller sites will be doing so soon afterwards.

Has it affected Parenta services?

The great news for those using Abacus, Regista and other Parenta services is that the bug has not impacted us, so you have no need to worry. We've even spent time double-checking our systems to make extra sure!

What about other websites I use?

The advice being issued is to change your passwords as soon as possible, but do so after the website or web-based software you are using has resolved any issues. To be safe, some experts are advising changing passwords now and again in a week or so. Website Mashable has a list of some more well-known sites that have been affected.

It’s also advisable to check your financial statements carefully over the coming weeks.

How do I set a secure password?

For more advice on setting a secure password, visit our advice page.

Can I get more information?

There’s plenty of information on the internet about Heartbleed, but a website has been set up to give more detailed information - http://heartbleed.com/

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