As people rely on more and more websites to do their everyday work, the personal data of users is increasingly at risk. Hackers use such websites to collect information of millions of users and the latest victim to hack was the url shortening service bitly.
Bitly, the well-known url shortening service based in New York said in a blog post yesterday that the company believed that the user data on their servers may have been compromised. The good news is, the company was quick to take precautions and has reportedly disconnected all Facebook and Twitter profiles which were linked to the users’ accounts.
The service which was established back in 2008 shortens over 1 billion links per months and is widely popular among social media users. It was even once the default url shortening service of twitter but was later replaced by the company own, t.co service.
According to the company, the security warning published yesterday is just a preventive measure and bitly does not actually believe that hackers were able to gain access to the user’s accounts. But still, the company has urged users to reset their passwords and connect their social accounts again to prevent any unauthorized access.
The blog post even lists out the steps to be taken to reset OAuth tokens, API keys, password and then reauthorize connected applications:
1) Log in to your account and click on Your Settings, then the Advanced tab.
2) At the bottom of the Advanced tab, select Reset next to Legacy API key.
3) Copy down your new API key and change it in all applications. These can include social publishers, share buttons and mobile apps.
4) Go to the Profile tab and reset your password.
5) Disconnect and reconnect any applications that use Bitly. You can check which accounts are connected under the Connected Accounts tab in Your Settings.
Unfortunately, the company has not yet revealed anything about the hack, so users will have to trust bit.ly and follow the above mentioned instructions to secure their account.
In the blog post, the company has assured that they are working hard to tackle the situation and will post more updates on the same via their twitter handle.
“We take your security and trust in us seriously. The team has been working hard to ensure all accounts are secure. We apologize for any inconvenience and we will continue to update our Twitter feed, @Bitly, as we have any further updates.”
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