1.6 Billion User Names and Passwords Stolen

By Gregory Pings

Upon hearing the news that a Russian crime ring that has collected 1.6 billion Internet credentials, you likely asked yourself: “Are my online accounts and data safe?” Or you may have wondered: “Are my customers’ personal information safe?” Since the stolen credentials are username and password combinations as well as email addresses, your questions are on target.

Simplify Work has published a number of tips from Xerox chief information security officer Mark Leary. Here are links to some of his articles that I believe will be most useful to you.xer_security

5 Ways to Manage Passwords in a Post-Heartbleed World: Unique, complex passwords that are changed often. A look at digital password managers to securely store your codes.

Your Best Defense Against Security Breaches: A list of 7 tricks that criminals use on your employees in order to hack your company’s network and steal your customers’ data.

12 Tips to Secure your Credit Card: 12 smart ways you can secure your credit card information and purchases.

Look Out for Tax Season Scams: Tax season in the U.S. means that you should be on the lookout for identity theft and fraud schemes via email and the telephone.

Summer Travel? Keep Your Data and Devices Secure: How to keep your data, devices, and personal information safe while you travel.

More Articles About Information Security from Mark Leary

Mark has held successive positions in global corporate security oversight for Fortune 200 firms in defense, aerospace, manufacturing, and services industry segments. He sits as the company cybersecurity representative on the Business Roundtable, National Manufacturing Association, and IT Sector Coordinating Council to the Department of Homeland Security. All of his articles on Simplify Work are available here.

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  1. Travis Gnehm August 6, 2014 - Reply

    Very good resources to protect our personal information. Thank you for sharing.

  2. Shani McNeil-Johnson August 7, 2014 - Reply

    Yes. Thank you for sharing.

  3. Peter Zavon August 18, 2014 - Reply

    All interesting, but which password managers have been approved for use within the Xerox IT environment? Personally, I am nervous about anything that stores passwords outside the Xerox environment, even encrypted.

    • Gregory Pings August 19, 2014 - Reply


      Thanks for your comment. Simplify Work is an external blog, so these types of articles serve as suggestions that people may consider for use in their personal lives or for their own businesses. In the case of Xerox employees, the former applies. For the latter, I encourage you to review Xerox’s information security policies; or you may post an inquiry on the Xerox Security group on Yammer.

  4. Raju August 30, 2014 - Reply

    Thank you Russia for helping the world …i have forgotten my password, please help me.

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