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Opera sync server breached, here’s how to keep your account safe

A breach of Opera sync's server could have exposed users’ account information and password to hackers. As a precautionary measure, the company has reset all Opera sync passwords.

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In yet another incident, hackers successfully managed to breach Opera Sync servers last week, which may have compromised account details and passwords of users. In a blog post, Opera confirmed the attack and mentioned that the company was able to quickly block it to avoid further damage. The hack may have compromised data of 1.7 million active users, which is about 0.5 percent of Opera’s 350 million users, the company said. Our investigations are ongoing, but we believe some data, including some of our sync users passwords and account information, such as login names, may have been compromised, Opera’s Tarquin Wilton-Jones wrote in a blog post. Also Read - Opera for Chromebooks is the world's first alternative browser optimised for Chrome OS

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Even though Opera uses encrypted, hashed and salted passwords, the Norway-based company isn t taking any chances. As a precautionary measure, it has reset all Opera Sync passwords. It has also sent emails to users informing about the breach and encouraging them to change their passwords as soon as possible. The company has also advised users to change third-party site passwords that may be linked to Opera s service. If you want to manually head over and change your Opera sync password, you can do that by visiting the password reset page here. The password reset advisory is only for Opera sync users, and if you are one of those who use the web browser, but not the sync service, you don t need to take any corrective action. Also Read - Opera using Android apps to offer predatory loans in India; details

The announcement from Opera comes a day after cloud storage service Dropbox advised its users to change the passwords that were created before mid-2012. It is applicable for those who haven t changed their Dropbox password since then. ALSO READ: Mark Zuckerberg s accounts hacked due to weak password; here s what you can do to protect yours

This is not the first time we have come across a data breach. Back in 2012, professional social networking site LinkedIn was hacked, and login credentials of approximately 117 million LinkedIn members was put on sale on Dark Web. Earlier this June, Twitter, LinkedIn and Pinterest accounts of Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg were hacked and defaced by hacker group OurMine. The same group later hacked Google CEO Sundar Pichai s Quora account, as well as Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey’s Vine account and co-founder Evan Williams’ Twitter account too.

How to protect your online accounts

To keep your account s login information and password safe, there are a few steps you should follow. To being with, always use the combination of uppercase, lowercase, symbols and numbers in the password — wherever possible. This not only makes your password strong, but also makes it harder to crack. You can even abbreviate sentences to create a strong password. For instance, idahc could be the abbreviation for I drive a Honda City followed by a symbol and a couple of numbers. ALSO READ: Opera unleashes free VPN app for Android: Hands-on and first impressions

For those who keep forgetting passwords can make use of services such as Dashlane, LastPass and Keeper among others to keep all your passwords safe and at one place. What s more, these services can be access from a web browser, smartphone apps, and PC application too.

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  • Published Date: August 29, 2016 4:00 PM IST



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