Heartbleed security flaw does not affect Apple software

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An Apple spokesperson has said that the flaw that swept across two-thirds of the internet does not affect the companies services.

Users of Apple products can breathe a sigh of relief now that they know that their online security details weren't exposed to the major security flaw Heartbleed.

A spokesperson from the fruit company told tech website Recode that: "Apple takes security very seriously. IOS and OS X never incorporated the vulnerable software and key Web-based services were not affected."

The flaw which sent panic across the web put passwords, usernames and website cryptographic keys at risk. It was found in a software called OpenSSL, which is used on websites to safeguard the information of its users.

A user can see if a website uses OpenSSL if it displays a lock icon in the web address bar. In the media frenzy that followed the announcement earlier this week people were encouraged to change the passwords of all of their online profiles, or face the risk of being hacked.

Recode also reports that the majority of the large firms have patched the issue, but Facebook, Google and Yahoo have said that their services were vulnerable for some time.

Experts have warned people to only change their passwords once those sites affected have patched their security software.