Today at midnight, Adobe informed its users their sensitive information may have been hacked from its website. Hackers may have accessed your Adobe ID, password, and credit card information. (See Adobe's website fro more information) Some of it was encrypted. Adobe recommends you change your password and ID if you used the same one on any other website. Adobe also deeply regrets any inconvenience this may cause you.
This is an unfortunate incident that may affect us all and it may not be the last.
What are the responsibilities of private companies who hold our most sensitive information? We can try as much as humanly possible to change our names and passwords often in order to prevent security breaches but we are human. How many websites do you use the same user ID or password? I'm sure a lot.
The companies that store our information must also bear responsibility for any loss we encounter. They are, after all, gaining monetarily by holding our payment information for easy purchases so they should also be protecting us from identity theft. I know they use secure servers but history has shown us a company will save a buck where ever it can.
This highlights a dangerous situation for consumers as we spread more of our information across electronic commerce. Especially since Adobe now wants us to join a monthly payment plan, how safe can it be to make transactions almost everyday on the internet. There's lots to think about and to be done but you should probably change your user name and password first, if you have used it elsewhere.