The ShareThis service have announced they were subjected to a big data breach. Account details of over 40 million registered users were stolen and posted on the dark web, including names, birth dates, email addresses and passwords.
Oddly the data breach happened in July 2018, but ShareThis have only quietly sent a discrete email about the incident recently. You cannot find any information about the incident on their blog or social media accounts. I heard about it through Firefox Monitor this morning.
I’m only posting this here, because I know some RapidWeaver users have got ShareThis buttons in their websites and might not have seen the email ShareThis sent about the data breach. Evidently ShareThis are embarrassed by the incident and would rather we did not know about it!
If you have a ShareThis account, you should definitely update your account details. If you have a ShareThis account but not used it in a while, consider shutting it down. Tell your friends and colleagues to do the same.
Worth mentioning that you don’t really need to engage the services of a third party (like ShareThis) for displaying social media buttons on your websites. Lots of themes include Font Awesome icons for creating social media buttons. My SocialPopup and ShareStacks are both solid alternatives too.