As Dropbox confirm that their systems were hacked and it is likely that some user ids and passwords were compromised, once again the question to be asked is will hackers every stop trying to get into any system they can, or is it time to accept that hacking is part of the online experience. Experts will put forward differing opinions on what should be done, however the most effective way to protect our online world is to:
a) not reuse passwords
b) use difficult to guess passwords
Of course this is easier said that done, since we cannot remember complex passwords and it is very tempting to break both rules. Therefore password managers will become ever more important, even though they are reported to not be entirely secure. But it is surely time to try them out.
Cloud storage company Dropbox has sent an email advising its users to update their passwords following leak of 68 million customer details. The hack which occurred back in 2012 prompted a press release from the company which said that the passwords were stolen through an employee's account whose password was stolen. This allowed the hacker to obtain a “project document with user email addresses”.