According to an NBC report, million of passwords have found their way into the wild, exposing those Facebook, Twitter and Google accounts to who knows what.
The passwords were not lost by the organizations themselves, but rather, they were discovered on computers that had malware intrusions.
But if you're one of those that might be in trouble, well, you might best think about changing your password.
It was also noted in the quick piece that people use STUPID passwords like '123456' and other such brilliantly devised protection schemes.
Hey, if you don't have a single valuable thing on your computer, then by all means, go for it and use easy passwords. But if you've accessed your bank account or any other sensitive account from your computer, you might want to reconsider.
And picking passwords... aside from the all the hoopla about what to do and not to do, keep it simple and just pick something THAT ISN'T OBVIOUSLY RELATED TO YOU.
But that's me.
I have a database of passwords and I NEVER use the same password for any two accounts.
Yes, that's a pain in the *!!, but if I take my best protective measures, I can at least feel I've done something to thwart these butt sniffing evil-doers.
So how did these passwords get snagged from infected machines?
That's crap you pick up when you install useless things from untrusted sources. (Can we say shareware? I knew you could!)
Surprisingly one can snag malware when they aren't paying attention to a reputable software install.
You'd be surprised how much crap is attached to regular software packages. When I install Adobe stuff, McAfee malware* is usually attached. The other day I had to install PhotoScape and damn, there's a lot of content that tries to install itself before the actual software does.