Panic arose among his students University of Michigan on Friday night, when they saw in SOCIAL MEDIA warnings about a data breach that resulted in leakage their UM emails and passwords access. On Saturday, the University said the information that was leaked came from earlier "violations third party data, e.g. Chegg, Zynga, LinkedInWhere users used their student email to register.
The announcement stressed that there was no leak data from university systems and that students should not use the same passwords on others services. The IT department at the University of Michigan said it would restore a small number of affected accounts and send notifications to owners.
Chegg had acknowledged the breach, saying passwords were protected by a hashing algorithm and that financial information had not been breached.
The university said recent revelations about the information leaked came from a series of past violations. These violations influenced other colleges across the country, such as University of Miami and University of California.
The LinkedIn was violated in 2016. H. Zynga, a company that hosts games like Words With Friends, was breached in 2019.
How to protect your information online?
The University of Michigan advises students to install two-factor authentication applications on their phones. These applications force the user to first approve the connection before logging in to their account. The University of Michigan recommends its use Duo.
The "Text a passcodeIs also a useful level of protection. For example: In Twitter, go to settings and then go to privacy, account, safety and double-check the two-factor authentication. So in every attempt to connect, Twitter sends a password to the user.
Finally, students can use Password managers, which create unique passwords. The 1Password and Last Pass are two of the most popular Password managers.