The online banking applications of Canadian banks have not been affected by Heartbleed, the bug that’s taken the internet by storm and forced the Canada Revenue Agency to halt online tax filing, say officials.
“Canadians can continue to bank with confidence,” says the Canadian Bankers Association.
Here’s part of their official statement:
Banks have sophisticated security systems in place to protect customers’ personal and financial information, including encryption and other measures. As part of a normal course of business, the banks actively monitor their networks and continuously conduct routine maintenance to help ensure that online threats do not harm their servers or disrupt service to customers.
“As always, bank customers should take the usual steps to protect themselves from fraud,” the association adds. “This includes monitoring bank and credit card statements looking for any unusual activity, protecting PINs and passwords and changing PINs and passwords periodically.”