Data integrity…here we go again.
First Facebook and now Google has been storing passwords in plaintext. Google had a bug that basically stored passwords in plaintext. Now, I am not here to bash the companies for their mistakes. What is important, however, is to understand what this means for us, the user.
These things can happen. Don’t blindly support a company with your data. As the saying goes…one is none. If you only use one method of authentication such as a password, then it’s only a matter of time before your data is compromised. Use of effective methods such as 2 factor authentication (2FA) along with a password or a passphrase or even a password manager will protect you far more than without.
As of right now, this bug has only affected g-suite users. Google is taking it as far as notifying administrators of these accounts and resetting the passwords of these accounts that were impacted. Far as Google knows, this data was only exposed internally. While Google is being proactive in this case, not all companies will be. Whether it be intentionally or unintentionally, the result is the same for the end user…data being potentially exposed.
“Privacy – like eating and breathing – is one of life’s basic requirements.”
― Katherine Neville