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.
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:
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.