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Adobe password leak

Adobe announced that the user data of nearly 150 million people was exposed to hackers. I’ve included a link to an article on the break-in from The Guardian. The database of lost information is huge, however, there’s a tool to see if your data has been compromised that’s linked in the Guardian article.

I’m waiting to hear if ANL Cyber is running through the database to find affected users, but regardless, there’s two things you should do.

1) Adobe has been sending out notices to people with Adobe accounts, encouraging them to change their passwords. This is good advice, regardless of whether your data is exposed.

2) Hopefully, you don’t reuse passwords across different sites. But if you do, then you can assume that whoever knows your adobe password now can know your password on any site where you used the same one. As such, aside from making your Adobe password unique, you should also change your password anywhere else that you used that password (and make each of them unique as well).

The Guardian article can be a bit technical, but it’s worth a look, especially for the last few paragraphs where it links to tools you can use for password management. I use 1Password myself, but I know others who use the other ones linked and are happy.

http://www.theguardian.com/technology/2013/nov/07/adobe-password-leak-can-check

Thanks!

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Written by Craig Stacey

November 13, 2013 at 1:04 pm

Posted in Uncategorized

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