If you are one of the millions of Americans that has created an account on the Federal Health Insurance Exchange, HealthCare.gov, you will need to change your password the next time you try to login.

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The Government has conducted a system-wide password reset in response to the recent Heartbleed bug. In case you missed it, the Heartbleed bug is a web security bug that gave hackers the potential to eavesdrop on seemingly secured connections.  Most websites that used OpenSSL software to secure their data were vulnerable to Heartbleed. According to reports, this bug may have impacted as much as 2/3rds of the worldwide web.

It isn’t clear if HealthCare.gov was directly impacted by Heartbleed, and the password reset may just be precautionary. According to a statement posted on the site:

“There’s no indication that Heartbleed has been used against HealthCare.gov or that any personal information has ever been at risk. However, we’re resetting current passwords out of an abundance of caution, to ensure the protection of your information.”

Many of the larger sites that used OpenSSL software have patched the vulnerability by now. To be safe, you may want to review the websites you share personal information on and do your own personal password reset. A few extra minutes now, may save you hours of headaches down the road!

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Teri Weber

Teri Weber

Partner at Spring Consulting Group, LLC
Teri Weber, ACI is a Senior Vice President with Spring Consulting Group. She has over 10 years of experience in health and welfare plan strategy, design, pricing, and implementation. She also works with absence management programs, including disability, family medical leave and leave of absence tracking. Her areas of expertise have allowed her to work with diverse employers and vendors to streamline processes and programs to meet the needs of insurers, administrators, employers and employees. Teri is on the Board for the New England Employee Benefits Council (NEEBC) and recently served as lead editor for the Disability Management Employer Coalition’s (DMEC) Return to Work Program Manual. Prior to joining Spring, Teri worked with Watson Wyatt, Buck Consultants and AON Consulting. In addition she was an Account Manager with Health Direct, Inc. Teri earned a BS at the University of Connecticut and a MBA at the University of Massachusetts. She holds an ACI designation and is a licensed broker in the states of MA and CT.