This week the Heartbleed bug was made public and many sites like eBay; Etsy and PayPal are giving advice to merchants who are worried.
"Merchants need to own and solve the issue themselves," Z-Firm’s Rafael Zimberoff said. He also gives advice for sellers who operate their own eCommerce website and it’s spelled out in a blog post on the Z-Firm website.
A bug in a system was suppose to encrypt data such as passwords and credit card numbers, but that has been vulnerable on many sites for the past two years.
Zimberoff is also the Product Manager for ShipRush and did a testing for 10 random ZenCart and Magneto stores to check their vulnerability.
"Of the 10, three were found to have the vulnerability," he said. "Most vulnerable are PHP-based systems that tend to run on Apache and related web servers. If you use any PHP app (ZenCart, Magento, OpenCart, PrestaShop, WooCommerce, etc etc), even if part of a hosted solution, but especially if you are responsible for the server, then you MUST pay attention."
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