Starting in 2013, consumers got the scare of a lifetime when Target announced that 70 million to 110 million shoppers may have had their personal information stolen because hackers breached the security system of one of the nation’s largest retailers.
That scare was topped by the discovery announced this week of a flaw in one of the Internet’s key security methods potentially exposing users’ banking information, Social Security data, passwords and stored files, The New York Times reports. Companies such as Google, Yahoo, Facebook and Amazon are scrambling to fix the problem that Finnish security experts found.
They caution people to not be in a hurry to change their Web-use passwords. If it is done before the security problem is fixed, it could make a person’s information vulnerable to hackers.
No doubt problems with company and Internet security will continue to surface. The old-fashioned cash-and-carry adage of “buyer beware” seems to apply to Internet and credit card use, too.