Stay Safe Online - Don’t Let the Hackers Access your Online Accounts

Stay Safe Online - Don’t Let the Hackers Access your Online Accounts

We've all had them. Those emails you read with a growing sense of dread which tell you to change the password you use on this account, that social network or one of the many other online services you use.

Those emails are common given that almost one billion login credentials have been stolen and shared online in the last year. Yahoo, MySpace, LinkedIn, Dropbox and Tumblr, have all been hit and the list goes on and on.

The worst part is the uncertainty that comes in the wake of the warning - do you panic now or later?

Most people have about 36 online accounts and far fewer passwords. There's a reasonable likelihood that if you get into one account you will get into others. Hackers automate the first part of the process and get the machine to run through them all

That testing produces a list of "live" accounts associated with a given login/password pair. These are then compiled and then put up for sale on underground markets.

Once data is sold off then it take a while for a separate thief to work through the list, he said. Hence the delay between initial test and subsequent action. The time between initial exposure and subsequent attack means people have a chance to shut out the hackers. Changing your password is a very good first step. But it's never too late to change it, unless there has been fraud committed against that account already.

How to stay secure:

  • Use two-factor authentication where possible

  • Use a sentence or a string of random words as a password

  • Do not re-use passwords across sites or services

  • Consider using a password manager for all your accounts

  • Change the default passwords on gadgets you own

  • Regularly check where account activity originates

 

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