If you use Opera browser’s handy ‘Sync’ service, which allows for synchronizing browsing data across different devices, your password and login information may have been compromised in a recent Opera server breach, following which the company has reset all the Opera sync account passwords as a precaution. Opera has also sent emails to all users, informing them about the incident and asking them to change the password.
“Earlier this week, we detected signs of an attack where access was gained to the Opera sync system. This attack was quickly blocked. Our investigations are ongoing, but we believe some data, including some of our sync users’ passwords and account information, such as login names, may have been compromised.
Although we only store encrypted (for synchronized passwords) or hashed and salted (for authentication) passwords in this system, we have reset all the Opera sync account passwords”.
It is also advised that all users should also reset any passwords to third party sites they may have synchronized with the service. Opera notes that the total active number of users of Opera sync in the last month is 1.7 million, less than 0.5% of the total Opera user base of 350 million people.
If you haven’t already, you can rest your Opera sync password by heading over to the password resetting page.