A security review wouldn’t be complete without a roundup of major data breaches. EBay is the most notable victim: In May, the site announced a devastating data breach that included names, email and home addresses, phone numbers, dates of birth, and encrypted passwords. Reports put the number of affected users around 145 million.
Hobby retailer Michael’s joined eBay in the data breach Hall of Shame, along with AOL, Avast's online forums, Holiday Inn and Marriott Hotels, and Neiman Marcus. Restaurant chain P.F. Chang’s recently announced it was also investigating a data breach. And oh yeah, another 360 million usernames and passwords surfaced on hacker forums in February. Ugh.