Okay, I couldn’t resist that headline. But if you’re a LivingSocial (daily deal site) customer, like me, this data breach is no joke.
You may have heard about the cyber-attack yesterday after receiving an email from LivingSocial instructing you to change your password. If you’re a customer and have used the service lately, AND you use BillGuard, you were probably notified by them as well.
If you didn’t get an email, you may want to check your account and contact LivingSocial. Note: never visit LivingSocial through an email link. Go there directly.
Apparently, the cyber-attack affected fifty million customers and the hackers gained access to name, email address, date of birth, and an encrypted version of the passwords.
LivingSocial says that stored credit card information was not accessed or affected. Also, if you connect to LivingSocial through social media (Facebook or Twitter) then that information was not compromised.
As a precaution, Living Social shut down all passwords and is requiring all users to change their password before signing back into the service.
Important Information: Your LivingSocial password has been reset. Read this link for details and instructions. livingsocial.com/createpassword
— LivingSocial (@LivingSocial) April 26, 2013
In addition, LivingSocial is suggesting you change your password at other accounts where you might also use those shared credentials. This is apparently a strongly suggested move according to today’s hacking technology.
Even after you change your password don’t let down your guard. Watch your online transactions closely and report any unrecognized transactions immediately.
Is this a reason to give up LivingSocial and other online deal sites? I don’t think so. It’s just another reason to keep a watchful eye on all of your accounts, periodically update your passwords, and avoid storing your credit card information online.
Were you affected by the LivingSocial cyber-attack? How do you stay safe when shopping online?