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Adobe Creative Cloud leak left millions exposed: Report

Adobe Creative cloud

Adobe left the personal information of almost 7.5 million customers of its Creative Cloud service exposed, according to a new report on The Next Web.

Security firm Comparitech says Adobe left an Elastisearch server accessible without any password or authentication required. Adobe corrected the problem as soon as it was alerted on October 19th. Exposed information included email addresses, Creative Cloud subscription information and other details, though financial information and passwords were not exposed.

Comparitech's concern is that the information which was exposed may make those Adobe customers more liable to phishing attacks in the future.

Adobe acknowledged the issue in a blog post:

The environment contained Creative Cloud customer information, including e-mail addresses, but did not include any passwords or financial information. This issue was not connected to, nor did it affect, the operation of any Adobe core products or services.

Do incidents like this make you wary to share your details with companies like Adobe? Sound off in the comments.

What to do if you use two-factor authentication and can’t sign in or reset your password

In today's day and age, there are chances that your various passwords can be compromised. This can happen even if you have taken just about every precaution possible.

One of the most prevalent and popular precautions has been the introduction of two-factor authentication (2FA). For the unaware, 2FA requires a second input from the user whenever signing into your account.

Thankfully, Apple has joined the movement in recent years in an effort to keep Apple ID's protected. However, there are sometimes where you forget your password, don't have your device handy, and are locked out.

We are going to take a look at what you can do in the event that you are locked out and can’t sign in or reset your Apple ID password.

How to set up Two-Factor Authentication for your Apple ID

Two-Factor Authentication strengthens the security of your Apple ID by preventing anyone from accessing or using it, even if they know your password. With Two-Factor Authentication, one of your trusted devices generates a one-time code when you make a purchase or sign in to your Apple ID, iCloud, iCloud.com, iMessage, FaceTime or Game Center account on a new device. Two-Factor Authentication is also required for Auto Unlock so you can unlock your Mac by wearing an Apple Watch.

In this tutorial we'll show you how to protect your Apple ID with Two-Factor Authentication or, if you're still using the older and less secure Two-Step Verification, upgrade to Two-Factor Authentication.

How to add and remove trusted devices for Apple ID two-step verification

Back in July, we provided you with an overview of Apple's two-step verification. This is the security method that requires at least two factors of authentication—a password and a trusted device—in order to successfully access an account.

Two-step is a great security method, because it forces one to have physical access to a security key, in this case, an iPhone or an iPad.

Needless to say, we here at iDB highly recommend using 2SV for any account that allows it, Apple ID, or otherwise. In fact, if a service that you're using doesn't offer 2SV, I'd seriously think twice about using that service—it's that important for keeping your data secure.

If you have two-step enabled for your Apple ID, and you should, then you've doubtlessly run into the screen that asks you to verify your identify when logging in with your Apple ID. On that screen, it may list some of your Apple devices, and at least one verified phone number. These devices act as security authentication keys.

Have you ever wondered what the requirements are for the devices that are listed here? Have you ever wanted to remove or add a device? In this tutorial, we'll walk you through managing your iOS trusted devices for two-step verification.