We are living in a time where our entire lives are visible to others through the web and there are people who want to access this information for personal gain.
Recently, Yahoo had about a billion email accounts hacked. The DNC was hacked and our own government is constantly being attacked by hackers. We can only do so much as individuals but we need to start by making sure of at least one thing; We change our passwords often and make sure any emails asking for private information, are authentic.
According to a Talking Tech podcast, there are things that we have to do to insure our security as best we can.
Talking Tech suggests – Update passwords every three months.
- A collection of upper and lower case letters, numbers and symbols.
- A really, really long one that no hacker could guess at, like ilikehamburgerseverytuesdaymorninginhanapepekauaibythebookstore
“Forget about using your name, age, street address, or the two most obvious ones of them all, “123456” or “password.”
“Also you should use a unique password for every individual website you visit, but you can skirt the rules by embellishing each one. For instance, if you were to use #7%%_00 as your initial password, other versions could add in 6H and $, and so on.”
“Two-factor authentication, which sends out a new text code to be typed in after the first password attempt is considered the safest, though it’s chore to work with.”
Michael Root, the chief technology officer for DogVacay, a Santa Monica, California “Airbnb for dogs, said “It’s a pain. But all it takes is one hack. They get one password and pretty soon they have your entire database.”
DogVacay uses two-factor authentication at their offices.
Another option is to consider a password manager to keep track of all these passwords and help you generate new, hard to figure out passwords.
Some good ones are Dashlane, 1password, Lastpass and Logmeonce . You can expect to spend around $35-$40 yearly to subscribe and you can access them on multiple devices.
What if a hacker steals your master password, you ask? Good question.
Dashlane recommends,”using two-step authentication here as well as a second layer of protection. It’s another great way to make sure hackers stay out of our lives”.
Here are two great video explaining some of the password email scams and how to manage passwords.
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