Yesterday, at 5:32pm UK time, I received an email from eBay, telling me that I should consider changing my password because they had suffered a security breach.
This wasn’t news to me (and I suspect not you either).
After all, on Wednesday last week (at 12:22pm) I posted a story asking “Should you change your eBay password?”, after I saw a strange message appear on PayPal’s press website:
eBay scrabbled to remove the “placeholder text” announcement which clearly wasn’t ready for public distribution, replacing it a few hours later with an official announcement.
For the record, I posted on my website that people should consider changing their eBay passwords a full 5 days, 5 hours, and 10 minutes before eBay emailed me.
I think that’s a pretty shameful response by eBay.
And I hear lots of eBay users still haven’t received any notification from the company that there has been a security breach, and that their personal information has been exposed.
Even if you have received the email from eBay it doesn’t bother to tell you *how* to change your password. So, here’s my simple guide:
How to change your eBay password
- Log into your eBay account
- Click on your name in the top left corner, and select Account Settings
- Now click “Personal Information”. You should see an option to “edit” your password.
- You will make sure you’re not using the same password anywhere else, won’t you? Good.
Remember, of course, to make sure that you are not re-using passwords on different websites.
If you do make the mistake of reusing passwords, you are running the risk of having your password compromised in one place (perhaps via a phishing attack, key logger or a hack like the one against eBay) and then criminals could use it to unlock your other online accounts.