This week I would like to share with you an article my VP of Operations, Amanda McFall wrote for our coaching member’s May monthly newsletter. I felt with how important this topic is that I wanted to share it with everyone.
Now, the article on protecting yourself online…
In our new reality where over 33 million Americans are unemployed, cyber threats are increasing.
What happens when a very smart person gets bored? Some start acting out as seen in children in school if they are not being challenged or kept busy.
Sadly, many of these unemployed smart people American, or other, are turning to hacking and cyber-attacks to 1) pass the time and 2) to get ahold of someone else’s hard earned money.
I want to make sure that you are doing your part to stop your accounts from being hacked with better passwords.
Here are a few tips to create strong passwords:
- Make them long because with new algorithms and even computer programs built for cracking your password, the shorter the password, the shorter amount it takes to crack.
- Do NOT use personal information such as your pet’s names, anniversaries, children’s birthdays, phone numbers, addresses or any other personal information.
- Do NOT use real words as this also shortens the time it takes to crack it. An example of something you can use instead of a real word is [email protected] – it looks like a real word but isn’t 🙂
- Include numbers, symbols, uppercase and lowercase letters. The more variety included in your password, the harder it is to crack
- Do NOT reuse passwords for different sites. In the last few years we have heard of many sites, even Yahoo, being hacked. Once a cyber thief has a password they will attempt to use it on other sites to access more of your information.
- Change your passwords regularly. I know it is a pain to constantly have to remember new passwords for all of your different sites but it is very important to update them often to protect your sensitive information.