There is currently a genuine and serious internet-wide security vulnerability called ‘Heartbleed’. Heartbleed affects the OpenSSL framework which is used by many websites to privately send data to and from an internet server.
We have no evidence the vulnerability was used to attack any of our websites or data, but we have immediately taken the recommended actions to protect our servers. For greater protection, we highly recommend that you change your password.
The OpenSSL framework which has been compromised affects two thirds of the websites we visit every day, including sites like Google, Yahoo, Amazon, Etsy, Tumblr, etc. and because of this, you should change your passwords across the internet, especially places using SSL where you see the padlock symbol in your browser.
What action we have taken to protect you
We have completed the recommended actions as appropriate including the following:
- We have checked our version of OpenSSL and confirmed it is NOT affected by the vulnerability.
- We have checked our server log files manually and confirmed no suspicious activity between 7 April 2014 and today.
- Despite to the best of our knowledge us not been affected in any way, we have nonetheless reissued the private key and SSL certificate for landlordsguild.com as an extra layer of security.
- We have ensured all our servers are up to date with all current security patches (which they are).
You can confirm that our website is safe from this vulnerability by way of a special website here:http://filippo.io/Heartbleed/ where you can type in our domain name (or any other you wish to check) and independently verify our security in relation to this matter.
Your security is a top priority for us.
The Guild of Residential Landlords and Private Rented Sector Accreditation Scheme.