Yesterday there was a report of 160 million passwords being stolen, as part of a security breach on the LinkedIn security network. Today two more victims were announced… Last.fm and EHarmony.com.
EHarmony.com, based in San Francisco has already launched an investigation and says that it will automatically change the passwords of those affected. The number may be bigger than EHarmony is willing to admit, as some experts believe nearly 1.5 million passwords have been stolen.
Anyone suspected of having their password stolen should immediately go onto EHarmony and change their password. Also, it might be advisable not to have other passwords be the same also. Anything with a similar password should be changed as soon as possible.
This breach may also affect such things as Amazon, PayPal or Google if the passwords are identical. Strong passwords usually consist of upper and lower case letters, as well as numbers and would be hard for someone to find. Anything in the dictionary, numbers in sequences (123…) or repeating numbers (999) are not good passwords.