Until an account is hacked the user never believes that his account could ever be compromised. Once it is compromised the user searches for options to get into the account. But in vain, once it is compromised the hacker takes over and sees to it that the original user is denied all rights to the account.
Back in April 2014 a news broke out about the heartbleed bug. There were many advisories explaining the impact of heartbleed virus and steps needed to secure your account info. However there were only few who went ahead to change their account passwords. The heartbleed bug implications are still however not known.
A news had just broke out in today from ebay asking its users to change their log in credentials. The reasons given were because of a cyber attack that compromised a database containing encrypted passwords and other non-financial data.
eBay Inc. (Nasdaq: EBAY) said beginning later today it will be asking eBay users to change their passwords because of a cyberattack that compromised a database containing encrypted passwords and other non-financial data. After conducting extensive tests on its networks, the company said it has no evidence of the compromise resulting in unauthorized activity for eBay users, and no evidence of any unauthorized access to financial or credit card information, which is stored separately in encrypted formats. However, changing passwords is a best practice and will help enhance security for eBay users.
The data theft is said to happen in February-March back this year. However later today ebay came denying having any evidence of unauthorized access to any financial information after its shares reacted to the news.
eBay has no evidence of unauthorized access to credit card or financial info of eBay users. More: http://t.co/as09EdsCBv
— eBay (@eBay) May 21, 2014
Secure your Account Info:
Though heartbleed damage is still not known. Events such as ebay news could crop up any time so its better to get your passwords changed from time to time. Financial institutions like banks compulsorily asks its users to change their passwords at regular interval to secure your account info. This is actually one of the best practice to keep your account safe.
But we don’t realize the sensitivity of our email or other social accounts info and leave the passwords unchanged for months. Secure your account info by changing the passwords at regular intervals. Also make it a point to have different passwords for all your accounts. Don’t wait for the companies to publish advisories regarding data theft and change of credentials. It may be too late before you loose it to the ones awaiting your reluctance in changing your credentials from time to time.