Safe Computing Tip: Adobe Breach Emphasizes Importance of Unique Passwords

The recent Adobe compromise resulted in the capture of potentially up to 38 million accounts, as Adobe provides many commonly used
applications (including Acrobat, Flash, etc.). Adobe has already notified affected users via email. If those impacted used these passwords anywhere other than Adobe, then the passwords should be changed for the other sites as well.

Attackers often take lists of compromised accounts and try the
usernames and passwords at popular Internet sites, including those for banking, social networking, email, and sites like Paypal, Amazon, etc. If a username includes an email address, attackers also will try logging into that email account.

This is a valuable reminder of the need to have unique passwords and to never share passwords between critical accounts (e.g., your UChicago CNet, your banking credentials, etc.).

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If you have questions, please contact IT Services Security or call 773-702-2378.