LivingSocial was hacked today, and more than 50 million customer names, birthdates, emails, and encrypted passwords were stolen.
Dashlane issued a Security Alert to notify our users that they should update their passwords. Luckily, LivingSocial forced a mandatory password reset, so that account is locked until you do so.
But with every breach, there’s more at risk than that one account. That’s where the problem of password reuse comes in. According to a poll that we commissioned with Harris Interactive, 62% of US adults reuse the same password for their online accounts, and less than half change their passwords regularly. If you thought your password wasn’t interesting, hopefully you see now why it is.
If you reuse your passwords, hackers didn’t just get your LivingSocial password. (Yes, they were encrypted, but it doesn’t take a very good hacker to crack encrypted passwords.) They got the password that you use for your Facebook, Gmail, and maybe even your bank account. (Let’s hope not.)
So what can you do? Unique passwords for all your accounts sound unattainable without a good way to keep track of them. There’s a solution for that.
Dashlane gives you a secure place to store your passwords, encrypted on your device using the leading encryption standard, AES-256. We never store your Master Password anywhere, so you are the only person who holds the key to your data.
We also show you where your vulnerabilities are online: weak passwords, reused passwords, and passwords that are compromised. It’s all easily viewable in our Security Dashboard.
Once you know where your weak spots are, you can update all those passwords instantly by using our strong password generator. Dashlane auto-saves the new password to your account, and autofills it for you on the web the next time you need it.
Dashane users don’t fret when breaches like this happen. They know it’s easy to fix and by doing their part to protect themselves, they’ve minimized the damage that hackers do.
LivingSocial hacked. Thank God I have @dashlane. It generated the old password. Just generated a new password.
— Joe Casabona (@jcasabona) April 26, 2013
— Amish Jani (@amishjani) April 26, 2013
If you’re not using a password manager yet, hopefully this is the last breach that puts you in a scramble before you realize it’s not enough to rely on your methods and memories to keep up with passwords. Start using Dashlane today!