Do you use one password to log into several Web sites? Do some of these sites have important personal and financial details about you? If so, then you’re putting yourself in really serious danger. Don’t believe it? Then take a look at tech Web site ars technica’s recent story on a password breach at daily deal Web site LivingSocial.com.
The technology Web site ars technica recently featured this danger in its story on a serious password breach at LivingSocial.com. This site, which provides users daily deals on everything from dinning to hotel stays, was recently hacked. Cyber crooks exposed the passwords of as many as 50 million of LivingSocialâ€™s users. This breach also left usersâ€™ e-mail addresses and names exposed.
But, as the ars technica story illustrates, quite a few users may have reacted too late to the password breach. Tim Oâ€™Shaughnessy, the chief executive officer of LivingSocial, was quoted after the password breach as telling the siteâ€™s users to change their passwords. He also advised users to change their passwords at other sites if these passwords are the same as or similar to the one they had been using at LivingSocial. This is helpful advice. Even better advice? Never use the same password at different sites in the first place.
A Hassle, But Important
It can be quite a hassle to memorize dozens of passwords and log-in names. But itâ€™s also important. Suppose hackers crack the password you use to log into Groupon? If you utilize that very same password to pay bills through your credit unionâ€™s online site, you may be in trouble. Smart hackers can easily gain access to that credit union site and, possibly, drain the funds out of your bank account. The message here? Make the extra effort and change those passwords. Never use a universal password at the sites you visit.