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.
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 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.
Source: Kickstarter Blog