They allow us to talk face to face and in real time with family and friends who live a long way away, hold work meetings with colleagues around the globe, and make videos to post online.
While the breach is significantly higher than the 40 million Ashley Madison accounts exposed last year, the information obtained is perhaps less threatening, including just email addresses, passwords, and registration dates.
According to Leaked Source, the breach likely occurred through a local file inclusion exploit that enabled hackers to access the data.
Of the accounts that were breached, Leaked Source believes some had either previously been deleted — about 15 million accounts — but the information had been kept in databases.
Leaked Source also notes that passwords for the affected accounts were likely stored by Friend Finder Network in a format that was either plainly visible or easily cracked.
The first was the data breach that occurred in 2013 and the second was a more recent incident involving forged cookies that could allow scammers to access users' accounts without a password.