Kickstarter CEO Yancey Strickler has strongly recommended that users not only change their Kickstarter account password, and update passwords for any other accounts using the same one, but also start using a password manager like LastPass for help with password security.
In a blog post published Saturday, February 15th, Strickler announced that hackers had obtained unauthorized access to Kickstarter, the popular crowdfunding platform. Kickstarter was contacted by law enforcement officials on Wednesday night, alerting them to the hack, and they subsequently locked down the service and sent an email to the user base notifying them of the incident.
No credit card data was known to be affected, but other customer information was: usernames, email addresses, mailing addresses, phone numbers, and encrypted passwords. Even though passwords were in an encrypted format, someone with enough computing power could try to guess and crack those passwords; weak and obvious passwords are most at-risk.
We applaud Kickstarter on taking the opportunity to mention how password managers can help customers recover from the hack. If any customers are using the same or similar passwords on other accounts, they should not only update their password on Kickstarter, but also log into other accounts and update their passwords there, too. LastPass can of course help manage this process.
For Kickstarter customers already using LastPass, you can go to the “Tools” menu of the LastPass icon and run the Security Challenge, which will tell you if you’re using your Kickstarter password elsewhere, and if you have any other weak or duplicate passwords that you should start changing.
You can help spread the word by recommending LastPass to friends and family (and earn Premium credit in the process!): https://lastpass.com/friendemail.php
For more tips on increasing your online security with LastPass, check out these other posts:
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