zappos.gifIf you've ever ordered from online shoe store, you should have had an email from the company in the last 24 hours to inform you that their website fell victim to a major cyber attack earlier this week. If not, you may want to check out the news today on what looks to have been a serious security breach, compromising users' passwords, billing addresses and phone numbers. However, Zappos has responded quickly, changing all users' passwords and contacting them to create new ones.

Zappos chief executive Tony Hsieh said: "We were recently the victim of a cyber-attack by a criminal who gained access to parts of our internal network and systems through one of our servers in Kentucky. We are co-operating with law enforcement to undergo an exhaustive investigation."

It's a sad day for the team at Zappos, who have been credited in the past for the work they have done in reassuring customers that shopping online is safe and secure, but for us customers it's simply another reminder that there is always a small risk with online transactions: remember it's advisable to use as many different passwords as possible across the retailers you do business with online so that in the event of such a hacking incident, your other accounts will be protected.