Thieves hacked almost 800,000 emails, usernames, and plaintext passwords from a forum associated with the popular porn site Brazzers, which Motherboard first reported and then independently confirmed after the website provided them with the dataset. They stated that the data included information about 790,724 unique users and another approximately 200,000 that were duplicates. They also report that while the site that was hacked, Brazzersforum, was technically run by a third party, the sites shared information about users, which means that even folks who didn’t participate on the forum may have been exposed.

While it would be easy to jump on Brazzers for being lax about security or reprimand them for their use of third party hosts, one user whose data was exposed said it best.

“It’s unfortunate that my information was included in the breach, but that’s the risk you run making an account anywhere on the web,” the anonymous user told Motherboard.

And he’s right, unfortunately. Data hacks have become so common — even ones like this, that expose close to a million people — that they barely make a blip in the news anymore. But when you consider how much time we spend online these days and how many very, very important and personal things (like, you know, both banking and sexy nudes that are supposed to be kept private) are being stored online, the reality of how dangerous a hack like this is becomes all too clear.

So I’m sure some of you are already taking steps to protect yourselves against the inevitably of your personal information being released in a hack because you’re all very savvy internet users, right? But just in case, I want to do a quick run down of what you everyone really should be doing to make sure that a hack like this doesn’t result in a drained bank account or a blackmail email with compromising photos.

First things first: do not use the same passwords for everything. Repeat it with me, please: do not use the same passwords for everything. I’ll confess that I used the same passwords for much, much longer than was safe, mainly because I have a terrible memory and could never keep track of any of my passwords. However, for the past few years I’ve been using 1Password and it is a lifesaver. Seriously, so easy and it securely saves all of my personal information, making it easy to create unique usernames and passwords for every site.

Another thing you should consider is straight up creating new email addresses for every site you sign up for. It’s free anyway, right? It might seem excessive, but think about cases like this Brazzers one. If you only use one email address for each website (or for each type of site, if that’s too much), then if that email address is compromised, you can just scrap it. Bonus: You’ll kind of feel like a spy with multiple identities.

You should also be creative with your security questions. The Malwarebytes blog points out that it’s pretty easy to figure out your mom’s maiden name or where you went to high school — Google is real, friends. So instead of answering truthfully, give some totally ridiculous answer that you can remember but that hackers would never be able to guess like “Skywalker” for your mom’s maiden name, for example.

Unfortunately, the reality of the world we live in today is such that data hacks like this one on Brazzers and Brazzerssforum are going to keep happening: The thieves are just more invested in getting our info than we, collectively, are in protecting it. But that doesn’t mean you can’t act to protect your data as an individual, right? Protect yourself. You know what to do.


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