I couldn’t remember exactly why I have an account with Adobe, but after a quick search through my email archives I can tell you that I’ve had one since June 2, 2011.
If I had to venture a guess, I’m pretty sure I was required to create the account in order to download e-books from the public library. This is what the welcome email stated:
“Thank you for becoming a member of the Adobe community.
Adobe Membership is your passport to special benefits,
content, and services. With your new membership, you can
* Subscribe to Adobe Edge
* Review your purchases and activity in the Adobe Store
* Manage and update your Adobe Profile
* Upload and download items in the Adobe Exchange
* Post messages to the Adobe forums”
In the time that I have had an Adobe account, I have never done any of these things. If my memory serves me correctly, I have had to use my login info exactly twice, both times to register my Adobe account with a library so I could borrow e-books.
Once I had registered, I was never again required to re-enter my login information. Not even after changing my password.
If all they want is to know who is using their product, simply requiring a valid email address be entered along with some drop down menus for age, sex and location would accomplish the same thing, without the need for an account.
If I didn’t have this Adobe account, their breach would not have affected me, and potentially millions of other users who also have pointless Adobe accounts.
I wish companies today would take a hard look at the accounts they require users to make and ask themselves, “Is this account really necessary?”
In the case of Adobe requiring me to make an account to read e-books in their format, I believe the answer should be “No.”
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P.S. Have you met John Powers, supernatural CISO?
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