My guess is that a decent percentage of those of you reading this will have changed your password in the past 24 hours. Most of us have web-based mail, and most of us use Yahoo, Hotmail or G-Mail. And all three of those main providers have been affected by this Phishing attack which has led to thousands of passwords making their way online.
(What’s Phishing? Click here.)
The scale maybe new, but online security breaches aren’t. Many an expert will tell you ‘there’s no such thing as secure’ when it comes to anything online. And yet we still appear happy to take our chances.
I bank online, buy most things online and will regularly use a new website if it’s offering a product at a decent rate. I’d say my checks on that website go as far as seeing if the logo looks convincing, and even then a cheap logo normally gets trumped by a cheap price.
Needless to say, there are all sorts of things on my Yahoo email I wouldn’t want people to see. And yet, I carry on. I’m sure quite a few of you do as well.
Many of us are either sharing information, or placing it in insecure environments, in a way we wouldn’t away from the net. Today we want to try and understand why. Your stories and explanations are welcome.
Listen to the story explained on BBC radio