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Posted on: 14 Nov 2013 

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Facebook Scramble to Protect Users in Aftermath of Adobe Hack


The ‘sophisticated attacks’ that saw hackers access credit and debit card numbers, expiration dates, customer order information, and poorly secured passwords of between 38 and 150 million Adobe users across ‘numerous products’ last month is being used for a good purpose by Facebook in a bid to help protect its users.

In choosing passwords for regularly used websites, it is common for people to use the same password and email combinations, generally because they are easy to remember. Facebook knows this and knows the risks associated with doing so.

According to a report by The Register, engineers at the social network have alerted users who are currently at risk of an account being hijacked due to the dumped Adobe database in the wild, allowing anybody to login as someone else using the easily accessible leaked data.

To help protect its customers from a possible hack, Facebook has taken upon itself to scan millions of email address and password pairings from the Adobe’s user account database. Where passwords of Facebook and Adobe users are seen to match, the social network is forcing users to change their details so that attackers that are in possession of the lengthy Adobe lists cannot guess them.

As The Reg notes, the use of single passwords, while incredibly common, is not recommended by experts. Instead, it is suggested that you keep a different password for each service that you use. Ideally, a password should include the use of memory tricks such as mnemonics and combine a mixture of upper and lower case and alphanumeric combinations. A password that uses these techniques will be almost impossible for hackers to brute-force.

Adding extra security

Facebook’s scanning of Adobe user accounts shows that it is dedicated to protecting the accounts of its own users. However, it is also important that you have your own level of protection in place.

As well as using the various password creation techniques suggested above, you should think about enabling Facebook’s own two-factor authentication system, which requires the user to enter a single-use code to login. Google and others also operate a two-step verification set up, which will be beneficial in helping to protect your accounts.

Away from Facebook, you should also think carefully about which websites you visit and enter information in to. Installing ITWiser’s cloud web security software can help you steer clear of malicious content and suspected malware by detecting threats at cloud level and allowing URL content filtering.

The internet can be a scary place at times, so make sure you are protected against all threats. Contact ITWiser today on 01274 868924 to discuss your security needs.

The Register