You may have heard about “Heartbleed” in the news, but if you haven’t changed any online passwords—including your NAU password—now is the time to act.

Northern Arizona University Information Technology Services, as well as department level IT staff, have been working to patch all servers on campus that were using the vulnerable version of OpenSSL that became known as Heartbleed.

NAU has no evidence that any of its systems were compromised through exploitation of this vulnerability. Now that the systems are patched, however, all students, faculty and staff are urged to change their NAU passwords.

For detailed information about this vulnerability, read this consumer guide or visit this site.

NAU IT Services also encourages everyone to check other service providers to see if passwords for those services need to be changed. Remember to never use your NAU username and password for any other service. Here is a link to a useful quick reference for the status of major services such as Facebook, Google and Amazon.

Be alert as well for phishing scams seeking to exploit the concerns about this security issue to gain personal information from you. Never reply to an email message with your account credentials. If you have questions about whether mail is legitimate, call the Solution Center at 523-1511 for assistance or the Student Technology Center at 523-9294 or (888) 520-7215.