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Date published: 17 April 2014

After a thorough review, Open Universities Australia has concluded that students using the website have not in any way been affected by the internet vulnerability known as Heartbleed.

What is Heartbleed?

Heartbleed affects all websites worldwide that use a popular type of software called OpenSSL.

Open SSL is designed to keep information sent online safe and only visible to the people who should be seeing it. Heartbleed is a software weakness that could give other people a chance to see this information.

What does this mean for students?

We care about your privacy and online safety and so after a thorough audit, we have established that the OUA website was not vulnerable to Heartbleed at all.

Earlier this week we did encourage students to change their My study centre password. This was precautionary - we decided it was better to be safe than sorry. A regular password change is a great safety measure and a good online safety habit.