By Jim Donovan

By Jim Donovan: eBay is urging customers to change their passwords and to take other protective measures following a cyber-attack that compromised the security of certain non-financial data such as customer names, encrypted passwords, email addresses, physical addresses, phone numbers, and dates of birth.

eBay will require all users to update their passwords upon their next log-in attempt, but users should change passwords for other accounts that use an ID similar to their eBay ID or that are linked to their eBay account.

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Also, do not provide personal information in response to an email or text and do not click on links in unexpected messages.

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Remember, legitimate companies will not ask for bank account or credit card information, or Social Security numbers, passwords or other sensitive information in an email or over the phone.

In addition, review credit card and bank account statements. eBay does not believe that any PayPal account information was compromised but monitoring financial accounts can help guard against fraudulent activity.

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