In the recent past we have posted numerous times about various sites having their account database's compromised. Many people have asked, 'How does this effect me?'.
The answer is that there are now many very large account databases available, and these database can now be used to compromise accounts on other sites. We have recently seen an increase in account compromise, as well as an increase in failed login attempts.
Because of this, we will be making changes, in order to help our community safe. You may see/hear about some of these changes in the near future.... but we can not do this alone. We would like to remind you that you should do the following:
Never use the same username/password combination on different sites. If you have done this in the past, you should change your passwords on all sites.
Always use a secure password. The minimum requirement for a password here at Aeria is 8 digits, at least one letter, at least one number/symbol, at least one uppercase, at least one lowercase. This is a good practice.. but even with these rules, it is possible to make bad passwords (example Abcd1234).
I would also like to remind the community that not everyone that has their account compromised has it happen because they did something bad. They may have re-used a username/password combo, or simply used a bad password. Please have some sympathy for those that have this happen to them, as it is not a pleasant experience.