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Data breaches are everywhere – and so is your data

Two of the biggest online shops for electronics in Austria have apparently been hacked and everyone’s data is at risk.

According to a mail sent around by e-tec and DiTech, Austrias biggest online shops when it comes to EDV products and home electronics, some illicit individuals may have hacked their databases last week and stole a lot of user information. Luckily no payment data was in the mix. If anything went missing it was information like names, addresses, phone numbers and passwords.

So what about it?

This is not the only huge data breach that happened this week. Timehop, a mobile app that gives you a nostalgic trip to the past by showing you social posts you did exactly one year ago, also got breached: 21 million user data were stolen including – again – names, addresses, phone numbers and passwords.

This sure sounds like a lot. Well, we’re not done yet. Just a week earlier Adidas and MyHeritage suffered from the same issue.  You probably start seeing a pattern here: a data breach can happen to any company, be it an online shop in Austria, a huge shoe brand in the US, or an online app for special moments. Even if you were not affected this time, you might be in the near future.

Stay safe, use a password manager

E-tec and DiTech gave some pretty good security advice in their mail when it came to passwords and how their users should protect themselves:

  • Make sure your passwords are as safe as possible
  • Use a mix of upper- and lower-cases, numbers, and special characters
  • Change your passwords regularly
  • Don’t reuse passwords: Use a unique password for each of your accounts

While all this is very sensitive, especially the last tip is not necessarily easy to achieve if you have accounts on a million websites. How can you remember them all? Write them down on a sticky note? Come up with some crazy mnemonics? Sure, those are all things you could theoretically do. But it also means lots of work.

There is a solution though that can’t be mentioned often enough: use a password manager like the recently updated Avira one. It automatically generates complex passwords and keeps them safe for you.

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PR & Social Media Manager @ Avira |Gamer. Geek. Tech addict.