Plex, the popular streaming media service, alerted users of a data breach in which a hacker was able to access private information – including usernames and passwords. The company said it is requiring Plex users to reset their passwords as a result of the incident.  Streaming media platform Plex has confirmed a data breach and is warning users to change their passwords.

Has my password appeared in a data leak?

The feature alerts you if your password has been exposed to a data leak through one of your saved accounts. You’ll receive a notification when you next attempt to log in to any affected accounts, prompting you to change your password or ignore the alert (not recommended).

What does it mean when it says my data has been leaked?

A data leak is when sensitive data is accidentally exposed physically, on the Internet, or in any other form including lost hard drives or laptops. This means a cybercriminal can gain unauthorized access to sensitive data without effort.

What is an email data leak?

A data breach occurs when cybercriminals hack into organizations’ databases and steal sensitive information. The data, which is exposed to the public, can include, passwords, account numbers, correspondence, names, home addresses, Social Security numbers, and more.

What is the risk of data leakage?

Some common types of risk are identity theft, discrimination, and reputational damage to the people whose data has been breached. You need to find out what has happened in your situation and decide if it was the result of human error, a system error, a deliberate or malicious act, or something else.

How do I know if my data is leaking?

A website called “Have I been pwned” can help internet users determine if their data has been exposed in an online breach. Maintained by security analyst Troy Hunt, the database on, lets you check if one of your email addresses or passwords has been compromised, or “pwned,” in internet speak.

Can you get compensation for a data breach?

It is possible to make a data breach claim for compensation but you must be able to provide evidence that you have suffered damages and stress as a result of the data breach. The current period for making a data breach claim is 6 years, 1 year if it involves a breach of Human Rights.

Is Plex free and safe?

Since 2015, Plex has provided all its users with free SSL certificates for their Plex media servers. On its website, Plex states that this removes the requirement for extra encryption via a VPN or creating your security certificates.

How serious is a data breach?

This means that a breach can have a range of adverse effects on individuals, which include emotional distress, and physical and material damage. Some personal data breaches will not lead to risks beyond a possible inconvenience to those who need the data to do their job.

What is a Plex account?

A Plex account is your identity for things associated with Plex. You use it to sign in to the website, the support forums, and Plex apps. The Plex website will allow you to manage your Plex account.

Can anyone access my Plex server?

Before you can share your Plex library with someone, they must have an account with the service. If not, direct them to Plex’s website(Opens in a new window) and have them create an account. Their account will allow them to access shared libraries and share their Plex library with others if they want.

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