Almost half a million Irish customers of collective buying website Living Social have been urged by the Data Protection Commissioner’s office to change the passwords associated with their account after hackers gained unauthorised access to databases containing customer details such as names, email addresses, date of birth and passwords. Living Social has stressed that the database containing credit card details had not been compromised.
Tips for Online Password Security
- Create a strong password, use letters, numbers and a symbol if possible. Never use spouses, children or pets names.
- Use different passwords for different accounts. If one account is subsequently hacked, your other accounts will not be at risk.
- Use the Security Question option sparingly, if there is an option to verify with phone or email always select it. Many people close to you will know most security questions.
Most Popular Passwords of 2012
If you have one of these I also recommend changing it ASAP