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Time to Change that Facebook Password

If you haven't been paying attention to "password hygiene" preached by this blog and others, perhaps it's time.    Jose Pagliery from CNNMoney reports of a large-scale hack that has compromised over 2 million passwords at Facebook, Gmail, Twitter, Yahoo and others.

Here is the partial list -

  • 318,000 Facebook accounts
  • 70,000 Gmail, Google+ and YouTube accounts
  • 60,000 Yahoo accounts
  • 22,000 Twitter accounts
  • 8,000 ADP accounts (ADP says it counted 2,400)
  • 8,000 LinkedIn accounts

Change your passwords for any of these accounts, and change any other accounts using that password as well.   Chances are good that the hackers were not after your latest Facebook post, but rather the information and access they could get to the rest of your digital life through that password.

And if you need any tips on how to create a strong password, read this post.

 

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Cynthia J. Larose

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Cynthia J. Larose is a highly regarded attorney in the privacy and security field and a Certified Information Privacy Professional. She helps Mintz clients with data security issues. Cynthia conducts privacy audits, crafts procedures to protect data, and advises clients on regulations.