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CNET Update: eBay asks users to change passwords after hack

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CNET Update: eBay asks users to change passwords after hack

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It's time to play the password-change game again, as a cyberattack exposes eBay users' personal information. Also: Facebook updates its app to listen for music and TV shows playing nearby.

It's time to change your passwords, yes, again. I'm Bridget Carey and this is your cnet update. [MUSIC] Ladies and gentlemen, it's time to play the hot new cyber security game, Change Your Password. Our next contestant is one of the largest online retailers in the world, eBay. Nearly 150 million lucky Bbay users will now have to reset their passwords due to a massive hack that happened three months ago, but we're just getting warned about it now. Hey announcer voice Dan, would you tell our eBay users what they lost? You and your loved one could spend the next month checking your credit report for fraud. Now that hackers have your name, address, birth date, phone number and email address. This all inclusive hack also may result in targeted scams over phone or email. Thanks, Dan. Okay, let's get serious. I think this game of resetting our passwords every other week is getting a bit tiresome. Yahoo, Snapchat, AOL, they were all hacked recently, exposing millions of accounts. Heartbleed had us all resetting our passwords last month. And of course, credit and debit card information was stolen from Target stores, and that impacted 110 million customers. Ebay does not know how many people were impacted, but everyone's password is reset as a precaution. The good news is that this does not involve any financial information. So PayPal credit card info, that still seems safe. Just keep in mind that even a company as large as eBay cannot be trusted to protect your password. So use different passwords on every site. If the hacker gets hold of one, it won't unlock other accounts. Now, to keep your passwords extra safe you may want to look into using a program like Last Pass. It gives you an extra layer of protection. And you can find a tutorial on how to use it at cnet. Let's switch gears to social media. There's a new way to share what you're up to on Facebook. Right now, if you want to tell folks about a show that you're watching or music you're listening to. Well, you'd have to type it in your status update. Maybe you'll also add in a fun icon, to represent the activity or the mood, but now, you don't have to tell Facebook what show you're watching. It just knows by listening to the audio in the room. The Facebook app will listen to the background sound and recognize a TV show or a song that you're playing. And you can link that information in your status update post. You can turn this feature off. But Facebook says it won't store any audio for your privacy. It's coming to Android and iOS Facebook apps in the coming weeks. That's your tech news update, you can find more on these stories at cnet.com. From our studios in New York, I'm Bridget Carey.

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