Potential Amazon Password Leak

Potential Amazon Password Leak

ZDNet broke the news that Amazon had a potential password leak. Amazon said, “it recently discovered that your [Amazon] password may have been improperly stored on your device or transmitted to Amazon in a way that could potentially expose it to a third party.” Other publications such as Lifehacker and USA Today followed the tech website and informed that Amazon has begun sending out emails to users to change their passwords in the wake of the potential leak.

Per New York Daily News, an email was sent to users saying the company had no reason to believe the passwords were improperly disclosed to a third party. The temporary password was a precaution.

Our Analysis

According to the Huffington Post, Amazon recently enabled two-factor authentication, which can help keep your data safe, should there ever be a breach. Any company that provides two-factor authentication should be taken up on it. To help safeguard your account and information, then this is a must. Any time that any you login from a new computer or phone it will ask for additional information before logging in such as a passcode sent via text or email.

If you haven’t received an email from Amazon about changing your password, then you might have not been affected, but it is important to change your password anyways. Black Friday, Small Business Saturday and Cyber Monday are a few days away and you want to ensure that you are the only one using your account. While you are also changing your Amazon password, now might be the time to change all of your passwords. Maybe start using a password manager to store complicated passwords. Also while you are changing your passwords after reading this, sign up for two-factor authentication and begin protecting your accounts, especially accounts that you potentially may be storing credit cards for quicker purchases.

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References

USA Today
New York Daily News
ZDNet
Lifehacker
Huffington Post


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About Scott Entsminger

Scott Entsminger was born and raised in Virginia. He graduated from Radford University with a Bachelor’s of Science in Criminal Justice. Scott has worked for the Department of Defense since graduating college. He is an expert in Windows Administration; with specific experience in Group Policy and vulnerability remediation. He also has specific experience in Information Assurance (IA) and Cyber Security.

Scott holds the CompTIA Security+ certification. He is always looking to diversify his skillset. Scott is an avid sports fan, particularly baseball. He also is an avid gamer and enjoys learning different skills involving his PC.