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If you use Plex’s popular private media server on your Xbox, PlayStation, smart TV, or just about other devices, you will want to update your password.

Last night Plex sent out an email notifying many of its customers that a serious security breach might result in account information falling into the wrong hands. Plex states that “all accessible account passwords have been hashed and secured according to best practices.” Which, while reassuring, should still be followed by you following best practices, which means logging out of all current instances and changing your password.

my box contacted Plex for comment.

Plex specifically noted that “suspicious activity in one of the” [the company’s] database” may have granted third-party access to “encrypted email, username and password.” As The Verge Note, personal account information such as media library content is likely safe. Plex claims that it is “overcoming the methods these third parties use to gain access to the system” and is reviewing the security of all of its systems to prevent future incidents.

If you’re already a Plex user, then hopefully you’ve received the email and have changed your password by the time you’re reading this, allowing you to continue enjoying your amazing and very legal media library without any worries. While Plex servers typically run on PCs, the Plex client app is available on the Xbox and PlayStation stores, as well as a number of smart devices, which makes it a very convenient way to stream your media to any device, from almost anywhere.

Maybe some users have not received this very important email. I will be one of them. A trip across Reddit reveals that some others might be in the dark too, so if you have friends who like Plex, politely encourage them to do the smart thing and change those passwords.

Also, as The Verge suggested in their reporting of the incident, we’d reiterate that you should definitely use a password manager if you haven’t already and, I know it hurts, but two-factor authentication can help prevent worst-case scenarios after a scare like this.

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