Every paid user of any device, app, service or creative suite worries about the information that they put online. We thrive on knowing that a site is run through “https://” instead of “http://”. Knowing that what we are doing is secure is a big part of feeling comfortable and happy online. Unfortunately for 3 million Adobe users, there worst fears were met last night when their accounts were hacked, compromised and eventually stolen.
Now, this sounds as though that all they lost was access to their account, but this is not the case. For these 3 million Adobe users, however, their secure and encrypted credit and debit card information, expiration dates, names, etc. were stolen.
Well known for the Adobe Creative Suite; which includes Photoshop, InDesign and Dreamweaver, to name a few, the popular design suite is one that many designers, freelancers and agencies purchase in order to have the most up-to-date and best software available. Adobe has always been one of the leaders in this market and has built a large following along the way.
With this most recent hack of personal information, Adobe could be in hot water not only with current users, but with potential new customers as well.
If you didn’t know already, the Adobe Creative Suite does not run cheap. Programs such as Photoshop can set you back about $600 for just that one program. If you were to purchase the entire Creative suite (Photoshop, InDesign, Illustrator) can cost over $1,000.
This comes into play with the fact that people who are spending this much on Adobe programs want to know that their money is not only safe, but secure on the back end of their servers. With this hack, many are bound to either consider jumping ship, or actually do so by moving towards either Apple made products or just something else in general.
Other companies have come back from security breaches like this, and some have even been bigger than Adobe, but for many this could be more than just a red flag. Hopefully, this is the last of the security breaches for big companies. If not, there could be a large scale exodus from expensive programs downloaded online.