Back in October 2013, information started to trickle down from the content creation and cloud marketing juggernaut Adobe that there may have been hacks into their client database that potentially exposed thousands, if not millions, to the threat of ID theft. It wasn’t long before investigators and news outlets discovered that this hack was far greater than the company had initially led on, and the personal identification information of millions of citizens was potentially compromised.
This information didn’t just mean that hackers and thieves could access users’ Adobe accounts, but also accounts or profiles that were affiliated with this service were now vulnerable to prying eyes. That’s why in late November, Facebook prompted all of their users to consider changing their passwords to protect the sensitive information displayed on these accounts so that theft of identity could potentially be curbed.
The reason for the hack was that Adobe apparently only used one encryption key to protect stored customer passwords, when most services of comparable size use multiple encryptions and safeguards to protect their millions of accounts.
Luckily, there is a way for individuals to find out if they were one of the many whose passwords were compromised. LastPass, the same company that tackled the database hacks at LinkedIn and eHarmony earlier in the year, has created a secure program that will investigate strange activity that could indicate whether your information had been stolen.
A credit monitoring service is another great way for individuals to keep an eye out for potential identity theft that could be weighing heavily on your credit score and borrowing capabilities down the line.