While shopping online has become second nature to many, it is still very risky. Last week a number of Blippy – a social networking service that allows users to share what online purchases they’ve made with friends – users’ credit card numbers were exposed in Google search results.
Blippy users who share their bank account information have done so with the assumption that this information will remain confidential. However, more than 125 users had their bank accounts breached. Blippy addressed security concerns with the following statement on its website:
Blippy is very concerned about safeguarding the confidentiality of your personally identifiable information. We employ administrative, physical and electronic measures designed to protect your information from unauthorized access. We will make any legally-required disclosures of any breach of the security, confidentiality, or integrity of your unencrypted electronically stored personal data to you via email or conspicuous posting on the services in the most expedient time possible and without unreasonable delay, consistent with (i) the legitimate needs of law enforcement or (ii) any measures necessary to determine the scope of the breach and restore the reasonable integrity of the data system.
Blippy immediately attempted to fix the issue, but Mashable.com reports that at least one other user had their information posted on a Google search. No further action has taken place, but online security experts suggest that Blippy users revoke access from the site to their bank account and credit card information.