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Data breach exposes customer passwords and encrypted data

Data breach exposes customer passwords and encrypted data
© Sebastian Germak | Dreamstime.com

A massive data breach may have exposed your personal information to hackers. Worse, that includes information that had been encrypted.

Encryption is a secure way of locking your digital data. Your information is scrambled and can only be unlocked with passwords, biometric security such as fingerprints, and other methods.

In fact, since Apple refused to unlock the San Bernardino terrorists' encrypted iPhone in 2015, encryption has gained a reputation for being nearly impossible to break into. Yet the one-sign-on, password management company OneLogin confirms that customer data has been hacked and likely decrypted.

OneLogin is a username and password management company. You log onto their site with one password and OneLogin remembers all your other logins and passwords.

The company describes itself this way: "OneLogin unifies and simplifies identity and access management for a more secure and efficient enterprise."

That's highly convenient, especially since you probably have a dozen or more user names and passwords to remember. However, some security experts have warned that having one internet-based password puts you at risk for a data breach like the one that OneLogin suffered.

The company works with more than 2,000 companies in at least 44 countries. The data breach specifically affects customers in the United States.

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