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85 million online accounts stolen by hackers - One in five have passwords tied to them

85 million online accounts stolen by hackers - One in five have passwords tied to them
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Data breaches just seem to be a part of life these days. We warned you about a massive breach at Yahoo earlier this year. It was the largest breach on record and could have impacted a few billion people.

Cybercriminals are pulling out all the stops when it comes to getting their hands on our personal data. Now, we've learned of another huge data breach that affects over 85 million accounts.

The popular video sharing website, Dailymotion, has confirmed that details from 87.6 million accounts have been stolen. The hijacked information includes email addresses, usernames and over 18 million passwords.

How Dailymotion users should proceed

Dailymotion has acknowledged its site has been breached and is advising users to reset their passwords. The company posted a statement on its site. It reads:

"It has come to our attention that a potential security risk, coming from outside Dailymotion may have comprised the passwords for a certain number of accounts. The hack appears to be limited, and no personal data has been [compromised]. Your account security is extremely important to us, and to be on the safe side, we are strongly advising all of our partners and users to reset their passwords. When defining a new password we recommend that your new password contains eight or more characters, is not obvious, and not to use the same password on multiple sites."

What you need to do

Whenever there is a massive data breach like this, there are steps that you need to take to stay protected. Here are some safety ideas:

  • Change your password - As Dailymotion requested, changing your password on the hacked site should be your first step. Read this article to help you create hack-proof passwords.
  • Beware of phishing scams - Scammers will try and piggyback on huge breaches like this. They will create phishing emails, pretending to be the affected company, hoping to get victims to click on malicious links that could lead to more problems. Take our phishing IQ test to see if you can spot a fake email.
  • Manage passwords - Many people use the same username and password on multiple sites. This is a terrible practice and you should never do it. If you're using the same credentials on multiple sites, change them to make them unique. If you have too many accounts to remember, you could always use a password manager.
  • Keep an eye on your bank accounts - You should be frequently checking your bank statements, looking for suspicious activity. If you see anything that seems strange, report it immediately.
  • Check email security settings - Make sure the email account associated with the hacked site has updated security settings.
  • Have strong security software - Protecting your gadgets with strong security software is important. It's the best defense against digital threats.

Trust us, you don't want to fall victim to identity theft. Listen to this podcast to see how this growing cybercrime actually affects you.

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