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Kickstarter revealed this Saturday that they had suffered a data breach on Wednesday that compromised significant amounts of user data. They are stressing that credit card information was not stolen, except for two individuals, but they are still recommending that users change their passwords just to be safe.

The leaked information includes usernames, email addresses, mailing addresses, phone numbers, and encrypted passwords. Since the passwords were encrypted, it would take a particularly malicious hacker to figure out your password, but the easier your password is, the more likely that the hackers would be able to crack it. That’s why there is a lot for users to know about passwords Everything You Need To Know About Passwords Everything You Need To Know About Passwords Passwords are important and most people don't know enough about them. How do you choose a strong password, use a unique password everywhere, and remember them all? How do you secure your accounts? How do... Read More .

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If you use the same password for multiple accounts, you’ll also want to change your password for those accounts, since hackers could easily use the information to hijack them. In their blog post, Kickstarter recommended 1Password and LastPass as password-protection solutions, and having compared several password management solutions 5 Password Management Tools Compared: Find the One That's Perfect for You 5 Password Management Tools Compared: Find the One That's Perfect for You Choosing some sort of password management strategy to deal with the huge amount of passwords we need is crucial. If you're like most people, you probably store your passwords in your brain. To remember them... Read More in the past, we can tell you that they are worth looking into.

Of course, Kickstarter apologized relentlessly and has promised that they are improving and will continue to improve their security measures. They say that in between Wednesday and Saturday, they patched all the security holes and notified their users as soon as they felt they had everything under control.

Does this change your opinion of Kickstarter at all? Will you be willing to use the service after this security breach? Let us know in the comments.

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Source: Kickstarter Blog

  1. Colin
    February 22, 2014 at 10:13 am

    James B
    February 20, 2014
    Yes, I can see how a site where you purchase physical goods to be sent to your home address would be able to operate without asking for your details.

    Well James B, I don't quite see how your sarcasm above fits in with "respect the opinions of others" but let's join in, in the same vein ...

    1. FYI I actually contribute to Kickstarter projects and have NEVER received any goods from them - so Kickstarter don't actually need to know where I live, because I haven't yet asked them to ship stuff to me. I like supporting innovation, but I don't feel I need to own every thing produced.

    2. I wrote "I am getting so fed up with sites that “need” to know umpteen details about me before they let me use their “service”, and then pay lip-service to security."
    That is a GENERAL point, directed at:
    a) the very many companies that produce software and/or apps that ask for details they really don't need to know (e.g. Who my friends are on facebook, what other programs I own, do I own other hardware (and if so what kind and how old is it), my age, my location down to street number level, my education details, etc)
    b) companies that ask for such ultra-extensive details and then guard them so badly that kiddie hackers get those details and spread them around the world.
    ( I haven't just had to change one password here, I have changed almost all my passwords because of Kickstarter's incompetence. If someone might get into your email, I see that as extremely serious).

    If I need Kickstarter or anyone else to ship goods, than I am big enough and ugly enough to provide those details AT THAT POINT. They don't need my details before that - in the case of Kickstarter, we have now clearly seen the proof that they can't secure that information, so why collect it in advance?

    I do hope that has made my postion a little clearer for you Mr Sarcastic?

  2. Saikat B
    February 18, 2014 at 2:12 am

    Now, we just might start looking over our shoulders wondering which account will be next.

  3. Colin
    February 17, 2014 at 8:37 pm

    Already deleted my account. I am getting so fed up with sites that "need" to know umpteen details about me before they let me use their "service", and then pay lip-service to security.

    • James B
      February 20, 2014 at 5:25 pm

      Yes, I can see how a site where you purchase physical goods to be sent to your home address would be able to operate without asking for your details.

  4. Tom W
    February 17, 2014 at 4:36 pm

    I use Facebook to log into Kickstarter, so I should be okay so long as I revoke and re-grant access to it.

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