Better Business Bureau urges consumers and businesses to change their passwords in the wake of a report of a massive international data breach.
According to the Hold Security, its Deep Web Monitoring program discovered what could be the widest-ranging global security breach in history, affecting an estimated 420 thousand websites, ranging from Fortune 500 companies to small internet sites.
The company did not list the names of the hacked websites, however, Hold Security reports the hackers captured a staggering 1.2 billion user names and passwords, and more than 500 million email addresses.
According to its website, Hold says "As long as your data is somewhere on the World Wide Web, you may be affected by this breach."
The statement continues "Your data ... could have been stolen from the service or goods providers to whom you entrust your personal information, from your employers, even from your friends and family."
Here are some tips on creating strong passwords: