There was bad news yesterday for Twitch users after some received emails from the company, telling them someone had gained "unauthorized access" to their information. The message said:
We are writing to let you know that there may have been unauthorized access to some of your Twitch user account information, including possibly your Twitch username and associated email address, your password (which was cryptographically protected), the last IP address you logged in from, and any of the following if you provided it to us: first and last name, phone number, address, and date of birth.They have offered no further comment since then, but it'll be a kick in the teeth for Twitch, who were bought out by Amazon last year for £650 million. It's also a blow for gamers; whenever a major hack occurs, it's a stark reminder of how fragile your account can be. There have also been numerous data breaches for Playstation, Xbox and Steam users in the past and the scary thing is they can occur out of nowhere. You can never be too careful when it comes to these hacks - any unrestricted access to your account means valuable information can be taken and dumped online for a quick buck, putting your privacy and security at risk. This list is not a step-by-step guide to follow - each service differs - but it's handy advice if you're ever in doubt.