Are We Safe Online?

Internet security

 

News was announced today that “Twitter, Pinterest and Tumblr have all warned their users that some of their data might be compromised after a security breach at Zendesk, a company which provides customer support services for all three companies”. (mashable.com)

Zendesk highlighted the compromise via bluntly titled blog post ‘We’ve Been Hacked”.

All three platforms rallied round to contact their users and inform them of the nature of the breach. “For the last 2.5 years, we’ve used a popular service called Zendesk to store, organize, and answer emails to Tumblr Support” explained Tumblr, “…We are sending this notification to all email addresses that we believe may have been affected by this breach.”

It got me thinking as to the vulnerability of online data. Just yesterday, the official Donald Trump Twitter account was hacked, and on Tuesday Apple revealed some of its computers were attacked by the same hackers who had previously targeted Facebook.

If these iconic, powerful and trusted brands are proving susceptible to hackers, surely measures should be put in place to safeguard the user more proficiently? As consumers we entrust these websites with valuable information. How long will it be before these masterminds have accessed the masses of online bank accounts and payment platforms? Surely the world’s greatest heist is just a matter of time away.

Have you ever been the victim of an online hacker? Join the conversation on the DDCA Facebook page; we’d love to hear from you.

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