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eHarmony Users' Passwords Hacked


On the heels of a breach to LinkedIn user's passwords online, out comes another password breach from a day later.

Linked confirmed on Wednesday about a password breach to their systems exposed by a hacker out of Eastern Europe. Now comes new information that dating site EHarmony has experienced a data breach also for a section of its 20 million user database.

Passwords have been reset by both companies for any affected users with instructions on how to remedy the problem. LinkedIn has already confirmed they are making the transition to adding what is known as "salt" to the hashes in the security community.

With nearly 40% of users having the exact same password used in multiple locations, there is a huge risk of a repeat offense elsewhere. "In security breaches like the one reported on LinkedIn, there is danger for the user with that account, but even more concerning is the ripple effect. A recent study shows 40% of people use the same password for every website, potentially allowing hackers entry into other personal and financial accounts," said Jim Fenton, chief security scientist for password-solution company OneID, in an emailed statement.

There are places you can pick up a password storage software, like for instance. In the time being, keep safe in your digital lives and change your password frequently.



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