When we wrote about Best Buy being hacked last week, we asked, “Which site is next?” This week, hackers answered our question.
AOL, Yahoo, and Formspring have all been hacked this week, compromising over a million passwords. It isn’t as big of a week for hackings as the week of the LinkedIn, eHarmony, and Last.fm hackings in June, but any time your personal data is compromised is significant.
In the Yahoo hack attack alone, 450,000 passwords were compromised. What’s interesting about this hack, as the Huffington Post points out, is that the a company called D33Ds broke through Yahoo’s security, lifted users’ data, posted that data on their site, and then took it down. That’s right — there were a good couple of days where your passwords were just hanging out on their site.
Instead of it being a malicious attack — and take this next bit with a grain of salt because DD3s isn’t off the hook for posting 450,000 passwords — it sounds like they did it to raise awareness around online privacy and security.
Despite Yahoo’s size and power, they had weak security. Add to it that people are pretty careless with their personal data to begin with — using the same, weak passwords for multiple sites— and the web becomes Disneyland for hackers.
So what’s the solution? Get Dashlane! The app is free, easy to use, and it’ll protect your data online! Dashlane safely and securely stores all of your personal data on your computer and enters it for you — on any form! So you can have different passwords for every web account without driving yourself nuts trying to keep track of them! And when there’s another hack attack on another site, you’ll be able to change that single password and get back to using the web with ease!
Plus: You don’t have to store sensitive data like credit card numbers and addresses on any e-commerce site, because Dashlane stores it for on your own device, helping you enter it automatically whenever you need to.
If you already use Dashlane, then do your friends a favor and share it with them. If everyone has super-secure passwords and doesn’t store their personal data online on all kinds of websites, then the Internet will safer for everyone.
Update: Since this post was written, it’s been reported that Google and Hotmail have been added to this list. 106,000 Gmail accounts and passwords, and 55,000 Hotmail accounts and passwords.