If you know your password security isn’t quite what it should be but changing it is way down on your to-do list, today might be the day that you want to bump it up a little. There’s been a pretty sizeable hack of email passwords and it means you may well need to change yours.
A security firm in Wisconsin announced yesterday that it had persuaded an internet hacker to surrender the 272m email addresses and passwords that they had stolen and were planning to sell, in exchange for social media likes or something equally bonkers.
Within that 272m, there were about 40m Yahoo Mail addresses, 33m Hotmail and 24m for Google’s Gmail service, so that’s a fair amount of swag. And a fair amount of people that are potentially at risk.
The hacker had also apparently been bragging on internet forums about the fact that he had all of these things and was planning on selling them, which is next-level uncool.
Unfortunately there’s no way to check if your email was one of the ones affected so the general advice in light of the hack is that if you use your email password for any other site then you should consider changing them, pronto.
We’re big fans of good security practice so having long, strong passwords that are unique to each account is the way to go. If it seems like too much of a hassle to remember them all – I mean, I forgot how to spell “apologise” yesterday so I feel your pain – then consider using a password manager and/or two-factor authentication.
If you want a bit of help keeping your site protected we have a range of security solutions – take a look at our website or give us a call on 0208 045 4945.