Web hosting firm GoDaddy has reported a data breach that has left many people concerned about the safety of their website’s private information. Unauthorised access to systems that host and manage GoDaddy customers' WordPress login details could have affected more than 1.2 million customers.

WordPress is a content management system used by individuals and companies around the world, to build and update websites and blogs. GoDaddy said the unauthorised person used a compromised password to gain access to their internal systems, and the breach was discovered on November 17.

Steps have already been taken to stop the hacker from exploiting anything and GoDaddy have already reset customer WordPress passwords and private keys, and are now in the process of issuing new SSL certificates.

This GoDaddy breach has affected more than 20 million customers worldwide. This includes 1.2 million active and inactive WordPress users and extends to a number of GoDaddy-managed WordPress brands, including:

  • tsoHost
  • Media Temple
  • 123Reg
  • Domain Factory
  • Heart Internet
  • Host Europe

Anyone affected should have been contacted already

GoDaddy officials say they have contacted users that may have been compromised, and that they are “taking steps to strengthen our provisioning system with additional layers of protection.”

The data breach does not appear to impact the majority of the company’s estimated 20 million customers, but to keep your account safe, we’d still recommend changing your passwords.

Updating your passwords every 3-6 months is always best practice when it comes to data security, so it’ll do no harm to change them and enable multi-factor authentication where possible.

If you want to know more about this subject, drop us a line and we’ll be more than happy to discuss it with you.


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