Google has certainly made our lives easier and simpler with the array of products and services it offers. The search giant not only gives us the best of the best in technology, but also provides us a secured way of using it. It takes care of our cyber security in every possible way. However, the recent DigiNotar security certificate breach has alarmed Google about the security of Gmail users and has advised all the Iranian Gmail users to change their Gmail passwords. This is been done in order to protect the accounts from being hacked or information being leaked.
DigiNotar registers and validates SSL certificates to ensure safe communication with websites. The security step was taken by Google as a result of the the chaos created by an unidentified hacker, who allegedly stole a Google authentication certificate. This allowed the hacker to generate fake website verification certificates to leak confidential information of a user.
According to Google blog,Â “While Google’s internal systems were not compromised, we are directly contacting possibly affected users and providing similar information below because our top priority is to protect the privacy and security of our users.
Google has urged the Iranian users to change their passwords as a precautionary measure and also include phone numbers with alternate e-mail addresses to recover their hacked account, in case a situation so arised. As the famous saying goes "An ounce of prevention is better than a pound of cure", so it is better to be on the safer side rather than repent later.