Most people are familiar with the need to periodically change account passwords for security reasons. Some websites even require a periodic change before they allow you to access key information. While this can be viewed as a hassle, it is also an important step to data security everyone should take seriously. In light of recent news that a Russian cyber gang stole 1.2B username and password combinations, it’s critical that individuals heed this advice to ensure they do not become a victim. To help clients, prospects and others understand what they can do to protect themselves online, Barnes Dennig has provided a list of tips below designed to keep financial and personal data more secure from hackers and others.
Securing Your Online Activities
Review the list of tips below to learn what you can do to more securely protect your online personal and business data, including:
- Password Variation – Most people get in the habit of using one password or variations on one password for multiple accounts. The reason why is it can be difficult to remember various passwords for various accounts unless they are somehow related. In order to properly protect yourself, it’s essential to have passwords that are different across your accounts. In addition, best practices dictate using passwords that are at least ten characters and include lower case and upper case letters, symbols and other characters. The more diverse the password, the more difficult it is for hackers to break into your account.
- Split Up Passwords – As mentioned above its important not to use the same password across multiple accounts. However, security experts agree that individuals should never use the same passwords for social media sites that they use for banking, credit cards and other financial accounts. By ensuring they remain different, an individual is adding an additional layer of protection should a social website ever get hacked.
- Secure Files – If you are like many people, it’s likely you have saved important information on how to access your accounts somewhere on your computer. While documenting this information is important, an individual should be careful not to store the file in an unsecured document on a computer or network. Hackers can gain entry into a network just as easily as they can to a website’s database. By adding security features to the file, you make it much more difficult for hackers to obtain and use the sensitive information.
It’s important to remember that poor password practices make an individual’s financial and other sensitive data an easy target for exploitation. Protect yourself and your data by following password best practices and limit the chances of becoming a victim.
For question on securing your essential financial and other data, please contact a Barnes Dennig professional today.