Ebay’s Big Password Leak

Popular online market place Ebay has recently suffered a sizeable cyber-attack, and is encouraging its users to change their passwords. While terrifying at first glance, things look a bit brighter upon close inspection; no financial data was compromised, and even the passwords taken were encrypted. Ebay believes no one’s account has been illegally accessed to date.

While it is easy to point a finger at Ebay, they are nowhere close to the first major company to have this happen. Just last year, Target was also host to a cyber-fiasco, losing 40 million credit card numbers to hackers. Right ahead of them was Adobe, dropping 38 million user accounts to thieves.

The trend is growing, as it is becoming more common for cyber criminals to target non-financial websites, hoping customers use the same username and passwords for their banking. Unfortunately, many do, and such people get cleaned out in instances where the stolen information is not encrypted. In sum, be sure to change your password periodically, and do your best not to repeat passwords on every site.

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Virginia MacKoul

Virginia is a graduate from the University of Florida's College of Design Construction and Planning with a degree in Sustainability and the Built Environment, and a minor in Urban Regional Planning. Virginia joined the Front Street team in 2011, as an intern. Upon graduation, Virginia joined the Front Street team full-time as the Director of Client Services. Ms. MacKoul’s addition furthers Front Street’s continued growth and expansion within Gainesville and other North Central Florida markets. She was promoted to Director of Marketing in 2014 and now manages the firm’s team of interns and oversees all marketing and branding activity. Virginia was born in Boston and moved to Lee County, Florida in 1997. Virginia graduated her high school's International Baccalaureate program and started at the University of Florida with a focus on Architecture. Virginia shares Front Street's passion of giving back to the community and those in need. Virginia's hobbies include photography, cooking, football, movies, music, and spending time with her dog, Brinkley.

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