Cybercriminals have been stepping up their game lately. They seem to be focusing on ransomware these days, as it was the biggest digital threat of 2016. Listen to our podcast on how to protect yourself from a ransomware attack.
However, data breaches have been getting bigger and nastier also. We recently learned of yet another massive breach at Yahoo that exposed 1 billion customer accounts. Now, we just found out about another attack at one of LinkedIn's subsidiary sites.
The online learning site, Lynda.com, has confirmed it recently was the victim of a data breach. A hacker accessed its database that contains account holder contact information as well as the courses they have viewed and their learning data.
The good news is, the company doesn't believe passwords were compromised in the hack. But as a precaution, the company is resetting the passwords for nearly 55,000 of its customers. There are approximately 9.5 million Lynda.com customers and they are all being notified of the hack.
The company put out this statement: "You may have received an email notification from Lynda.com explaining that we recently became aware that an unauthorized third-party accessed a database that included some Lynda.com learning data, such as contact information and courses viewed. We are informing users out of an abundance of caution."
Lynda.com is described as an online education company offering thousands of video courses in software, creative and business skills. It was founded in 1995 and produces video tutorials taught by industry experts.
Even if you're not a customer of Lynda.com, there are other attacks that could pop-up from this one that you need to be aware of. Especially phishing scams. Here are some online safety ideas that should be followed anytime a massive data breach occurs.
Implement these safety steps:
- Change your password - Whenever you hear news of a data breach, it's a good idea to change your account passwords. Read this article to help you create hack-proof passwords.
- Check HaveIBeenPwned - this site will tell you if your information has been stolen in a previous breach.
- Close unused accounts - Here's an easy way to manage all of your online accounts at once.
- 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.