Following a number of high profile security breaches that has seen the data of hundreds of millions of users compromised, some of the world’s biggest websites are urging users to update their passwords.
This week, both Facebook and Netflix have gone one step further and are actively forcing some users to update their login credentials.
Security expert Graham Cluley reports that some Facebook users are being shown a message that reads: “Recently, there was a security incident on another website unrelated to Facebook. Facebook was not directly affected by the incident but your Facebook account is at risk because you were using the same password in both places.”
The message then says that in order to secure their account, users need answer some security questions and change their password.
Netflix is also emailing members saying: “We believe that your Netflix account credentials may have been included in a recent release of email addresses and passwords from an older breach at another company. Just to be safe, we’ve reset your password as a precautionary measure.”
Neither Facebook or Netflix have been hacked and the other security breach referred to is likely to be LinkedIn after more than 117 million usernames and passwords were discovered for sale online.
Netflix claimed that it has taken the measure as it is likely that hackers will be using the passwords obtained in the LinkedIn and MySpace leaks and trying them in an attempt to gain entry people’s accounts on other sites.
This is why you should never use the same password across multiple accounts because if one accounts is compromised it potentially leaves all of your other accounts vulnerable.
This was proved to be the case in the recent hacking of Facebook co founder Mark Zuckerberg’s social media accounts.
Hackers alleged that the same password (‘dadda’) was used on multiple accounts which made it easy for them to gain access to his Twitter and Pinterest profiles.
The hackers also claimed that they obtain his login credentials from the leaked LinkedIn passwords.
Even if you haven’t been prompted by Facebook or Netflix to change your password or perhaps you haven’t logged into your LinkedIn or MySpace accounts for a long time, now is a good time to update the passwords across all your social media accounts, regardless of how frequently you use them.
And if you use the same email and password combinations across multiple sites then you should update them right away with different passwords that are not easy to crack.
Using your dog’s name as a password isn’t going to cut it!
We’ve discussed previously how to create a strong password and if you are worried about being unable to remember all your newly updated passwords then consider using a some form of password management tool such as LastPass, KeepSafe or 1Password.