Slack Got Hacked

Current multi-billion dollar valuation  media darling of the month – Slack – just announced  “unauthorized access to a Slack database storing user profile information”. In other words, Slack was hacked. According to a post, a small number of accounts showed suspicious activity and those users were notified. In response to the hack, Slack has created a two factor authentication option.

Slack Got Hacked

You can read more about how to activate two factor authentication on your Slack account here. Unfortunately, you cannot require all users on your Slack team to implement two factor though you can reset everyone’s password.

Slack Got Hacked

Slack is popular group chat service which has grown in popularity due to the ease at which a work team may be created as well as public and private discussion groups. Users on teams can freely select to join public groups or they can be invited into private ones. The concept is  similar to Yammer except Slack is easier for an end-user to set up and the discussions are not threaded so there is no easy way of  replying to someone’s discussion from yesterday morning which creates a sense of urgency to keep up with the messages in Slack before they scroll by and you cannot easily reply.   Slack is also popular because it integrates with many services such as IFTTT and Twitter to pull in content so  teams working together can have common notifications in one area.

Slack has a free and paid version, with the main differentiator being that the free service only stores 10,000 messages while the paid ($80 per user per year) version allows for unlimited storage.

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Wayne Schulz
Wayne is a diehard Android user and consultant specializing in Sage 100 ERP Accounting Software. He lives in Glastonbury CT with his two children. When not helping them with their homework or pushing the latest school fundraiser off on his co-workers, he is active hiking and investigating all manner of technology.