I recently learned from Evernote that more than 150 million Adobe customer accounts have been compromised. The article goes on to say that LastPass, a password security firm, found the information disclosed on a website that is commonly associated with (cyber criminals) hackers.
Unfortunately, Evernote has spotted similarities with the login information used among some of their users and they made their customers aware of the incident with an email message. So, thank you Evernote; I appreciate the fact that you’re looking after YOUR customers!
Are Your Online Passwords Safe?
This brings up a very important issue with today’s Internet marketers. How often do you use the same password information across multiple websites? Unfortunately, using the same password across websites is not a surefire way to protect your private information.
If you happen to share passwords, let this message be your wake-up call before it’s too late. Allowing your login information to fall into the wrong hands is dangerous.
Whether or not you bought from Adobe, change your passwords. By doing this practice, you’re taking an active role to preserve your identity against fraud.
I spent the better part of the morning changing passwords and login information to more than 50 websites, and I doubt if I’m halfway done since I have purchased my fair share of memberships within the last 10 years!
I was due to change my passwords, so this is number one priority for me. It should be for you, too!
Protect Your Information, Offline
While changing your login information online is a great start, you should protect your information offline, too. Start by installing security software such as, Webroot SecureAnywhere Internet Security Complete to provide powerful protection against threats to your PC.
Save your login information (usernames, passwords, etc.) on a USB disk or CD and remove the devices from your computer when you walk away or retire for the evening. Don’t leave the devices plugged in, so your information remains secure.
I realize modern technology makes it easier than ever to save our information to the cloud, but how much protection does it provide for you against identity theft? I can’t speak for everyone, but if my information is safely tucked away offline – it gives me peace of mind.
I can’t promise you that you will never fall victim to a hacker, but you can take steps that will help minimize the access to your personal information. Wouldn’t you rather be safe than sorry?
Do you change your passwords on a regular basis? Leave a comment below and let me know!
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