MacKeeper Exposes Millions of Customers' Sensitive Information

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If you're a MacKeeper user, you may be interested in knowing that the company left a customer database containing names, e-mail addresses, usernames, password hashes, phone numbers, IP addresses, and system information of 13 million customers completely exposed on the Internet and available for anyone to download—obviously an abject failure on the part of MacKeeper.

This was discovered by a white-hat hacker and made public today, according to an article on Forbes, but it's anybody's guess as to how many people with bad intentions may have accessed it before him and may have chosen to remain secretive about it.

The company claims to have fixed the problem after learning of it from the white-hat hacker, who published his findings on Reddit.

Many respected tech sites have long recommended avoiding this piece of software, and many an article on how to uninstall it has been published on the web.

It goes without saying that if you are in the unfortunate group who uses this software, and you have used the same password on their site as you used on other sites, you should change that password everywhere you have used it.