How to protect yourself from Shellshock Bash bug

 

Leading security experts are extremely worried about a new security vulnerability and everyone is expecting to it to be worse than the Heartbleed virus.

It currently carries three names called “Bash”, “Shellshock Bash bug” and “Shellshock”.  This is the user interface that accesses operating systems like Command Prompt and affects Linux, UNIX and Apple’s OS X.

 

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So now there are two general questions regarding the latest threat “Shellshock Bash bug”?

  1. How can you protect yourself the Shellshock Bash virus?
  2. How can you avoid the Shellshock Bash virus?

Bad news is there currently is no special tool or patch that’ll keep you protected from Shellshock.

Good news is that all you have to do is apply a little common cyber security procedures.

 

  • Keep OS X, UNIX and Linux up to date

Yes its true, Apple is not safe.  The Shellshock Bash virus is capable of infecting Apple computers running OS X and any machine running Linux which is basically based on UNIX.  It’s important to keep your operating system up to date to ensure that it has the latest security patches installed.

  • Backup your data and patch

To reduce risk, you should immediately patch or update your systems.  This applies to servers and workstations such as Apple MacBook’s and Mac Pro desktop computers.  Since it affects both client and servers, this could lead to data leakage directly from computers.

Following industry best practices, you should ensure that all data is backed up regularly.

 

  • Use a Password Manager

Always use long complex passwords for all website and networks.  Use different passwords for each site you access as it will maximise your security and limit your security risk.

 

  • Do NOT open suspicious links

Simple rule. If you do not know it, do not click it. Simple. If you were not expecting an email, don’t open it. Do not rely on hovering over the link to see the URL as hackers are becoming more sophisticated at spoofing legitimates URLs in order to infect with malware.

 

Always remember the number one rule.  Make sure your antivirus software and firewall is up to date!

 

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