Despite all the advice out there…many people still keep their passwords in a book next to their computer.
An email account is the gateway into your business and personal life which sadly means it’s also a valuable target for hackers and cyber criminals. From social media logins to bank account information, the common email inbox can be exploited to leave all of your sensitive data open to compromise. So, perhaps it’s not surprising that attacks on email accounts are common. From complex spear-phishing to malicious documents to social engineering – hackers have never been better-equipped.
Ways to keep safe (they may seem obvious – but we bet many people reading this still only use one or two passwords for everything!):
Firstly, make sure you use a strong password that uses a combination of words, numbers, symbols, and both upper- and lower-case letters. Check your password strength. If the website you are signing up for offers a password strength analyzer, pay attention to it and take its advice.
- Never use the password you’ve picked for your email account at any online site: If you do, and an e-commerce site you are registered at gets hacked, there’s a good chance someone will be reading your e-mail soon.
- Avoid using the same password at multiple Web sites. It’s generally safe to re-use the same password at sites that do not store sensitive information about you (like a news Web site) provided you don’t use this same password at sites that are sensitive.
- If you think you’ll have trouble remembering multiple passwords (most people do, unless they have a photographic memory) the most secure method for remembering your passwords is to create a list of every Web site for which you have a password and next to each one write your login name and a clue that has meaning only for you. If you forget your password, most Web sites will email it to you (assuming you can remember which email address you signed up with).
- There are several online third-party services that can help users safeguard sensitive passwords, including LastPass, DashLane, and AgileBits that store passwords in the cloud and secure them all with a master password.
For more Cyber Security advice speak to our team – firstname.lastname@example.org or call 01209 843636