Stop reading this right now and go change your passwords. Seriously. You can come back and finish this after that. I’ll wait. – – – – Ok, done? Great. Welcome back. If you don’t know why this is important, turn on the news tonight. Last week, a Russian gang pulled off one of the most audacious heists in recent memory. Don’t worry – they didn’t rob a bank or steal valuable artwork – they only stole 1.2 billion internet usernames and passwords. This is the largest collection of stolen digital credentials in history, and there is a good chance that your password is in the batch. There is reason to rest easy – security analysts say that this group is not interested in accessing your bank information, but rather cares more about sending out spam messages from your accounts to trick other users and make money by selling fake goods. However, this highlights a larger issue. If you are like most of us, you use the same password for all of your internet activities and haven’t changed those passwords since Bill Clinton was President of the United States (even more likely, your password is something incredibly difficult to guess, like your birth date). If you are using the same passwords for all of your accounts, just one leak or theft of your password will provide those with malicious intent a method to access your entire digital life without you ever knowing about it. Security experts recommend that you change your passwords at least semiannually, if not monthly, and use randomly generated codes or complete sentences that are more difficult for hackers to crack. Here at ChemicalInfo, we care deeply about our members’ security. We know that some of the largest chemical and pharmaceutical firms around the world trust us to provide accurate, reliable information in a secure manner. That’s why a large part of our NextGen updates have focused on increased and upgraded security. For all of our new users, we are using encrypted, auto-generated passwords that are not stored in any local database. This new method ensures that no one will ever be able to access our members’ passwords – or their data.