It really has not been a good week for the password, it? LinkedIn, Last.fm and eHarmony suffered a security breach that resulted in millions of compromised passwords. Ouch!
First of all, before you read, modify your password if you have not already.
CIOs and IT managers immediately advised their employees LinkedIn passwords, especially those with corporate accounts for the change, but I want to know how many employees were also told other online password changes, social and email. I also wonder how many users do not read the press technology to realize what was happening, let alone taking steps to change their passwords.
With the increasing number of social networking sites, both for business and personal users, many users who spread the same password on multiple sites and services, including their webmail service. Approaches such as online profile and putting sensitive data at risk of theft or misuse by any third party, preferably one or more service suffers breach login details. Users have become comfortable with creating a password for everything they do online, so much so that they often forget to pay attention to the type of password they choose or complexity.
In connection with the breach of passwords this week, here are a few tips (and a reminder) to keep in mind when creating and changing passwords:
1. Change your passwords regularly
Changing passwords regularly is recommended, preferably at least once a month. In an office environment, it is often the case that once a user without a password reuse the last 12 months. While this may be too much for the home user, change your password every so often will help to keep you safe online.
2. Do not use the same password on every site
Avoid using the same password for every website or subscribe. If you have trouble remembering them all, write and save documents in a safe place, not in the public opinion of everyday. Security experts recommend write down the password, but it’s a better option than having a password for everything. Let’s not save the document on your computer with a simple file name like ‘password list’ or stick notes on a yellow underside of your laptop with your login password (and yes, people do that).
3. When you use the password, or at least a different password for your email account
Many Internet users tend to use the same password for all logins. At a minimum, users need a password for their email account separate from all others. Your email address contains a wealth of information, the intruder would need to hack your account, like many web sites and services using a person’s email address as the login username. The password for your banking services – including sites like PayPal – and sites where your credit card number in the file must also be unique. If you use the same password for many sites and disturbed, you are the most vulnerable in a location where an intruder can actually steal money or merchandise and loading it to you.
4. Use passwords with a safe height and build
A good password is at least seven characters long and contain letters, numbers and non-alphanumeric characters such as “&” and “%” in. Avoid using generic names or simple passwords, such as ’1 ‘or’ abc ‘- a simple password, the easier crack. To secure password that is easy to remember to do it, you might consider using a sentence with the words connected by a non-alphanumeric. An example would be “my dog%%%% find a treat spot.” Substitute zero for the letter “o” is another trick: “d0g%%%% I found sp0t treat.” Choosing the pattern of keys on the keyboard instead of words is another possibility: “zaq12wsx” However, the pattern can easily remember and not as simple or clear as “123qweasd”.
5. Avoid logging on the site vulnerable bank or PayPal through a public network
Require special attention when accessing the website via the public network. Operators can capture malicious network traffic in a public place and steal information such as login. If you need to connect to the internet on a public machine or using an open Wi-Fi networks, always log out and do not click “OK” when you are asked whether you want the browser to remember your login information. Always remove the cache, browser history and temporary files when finished. It will remove some traces of your activity from prying eyes.
Relying on this advice is not enough to complete protection against data theft or hacking attacks, but in combination with the best general practices will significantly help reduce the risk. Remember, you should generally only access the website, software and services that you trust, and should also ensure that you access from your computer as safe as possible by installing all critical software patches, using firewalls and switches are up-to-date antivirus software .