Did you get locked out of your Reddit account this week? If so, you are not alone.
Reddit locked down a large number of accounts because of unusual activity and what it calls a security concern.
Large number of Reddit accounts locked out
Reddit explained why many users were forced to reset usernames and passwords in the following message, posted on the site. It was also a cybersecurity lesson on unique and strong passwords, along with a push to enable two-factor authentication (2FA):
Recently locked out of your account? Help is on the way.
A large group of accounts
The most common explanation for this is the use of very simple passwords or the reuse of credentials across multiple websites or services. If another site is compromised and those lists of usernames and passwords become available, it’s very likely that they will be tried against other popular sites to see if they work and this means that any account where you use the same credential combination is then at risk.
Please, please, please make sure you choose strong passwords that are unique to
We’re sorry for the unpleasant surprise and are working to get you all back to
That last sentence is also a key cybersecurity lesson. Reddit can't discuss account specific issues in public because hackers monitor customer service threads.
And the push for 2FA makes sense, not only because it bolsters security, but because Reddit's own employees were hacked in 2018 due to a lack of two-factor authentication.
Security appears to be a significant focus at Reddit right now. It hired its first head of information security and advertised new openings in cybersecurity during its data breach announcement last year.
Reddit users respond to account lockout
Reddit users replied to being locked out with their usual candor, and many had trouble believing the site's explanation for the unusual activity:
We'll be watching for updates. In the meantime, you can monitor the Reddit accounts locked thread for yourself.
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