Keep the hackers guessing
Weak passwords are usually the first vulnerability cybercriminals seek to exploit. Hackers will often use a variety of social engineering, brute-force, and dictionary attacks to acquire your passwords and wreak havoc. To protect yourself from these attacks, follow these tips:
Set strong passwords
Create unique passwords that have:
- At least 8-16 characters with a combination of upper and lowercase letters, numbers, and symbols.
- No dictionary words.
- Nothing familiar that could be easily searched online, such as zip codes, phone numbers, birthdays, family names, and pet names.
Afterwards, remember to set different passwords for each account, and avoid creating closely related passwords such as CaliforniaPhone and CaliforniaComputer. It’s also wise to use two-factor authentication wherever possible and reset passwords every 30-90 days.
Use only secure networks
Where you access your accounts is also important. Hackers can intercept data (and your passwords) if you connect via unsecure networks. If you’re in a public area, steer clear of public WiFI or untrusted networks, only connect with websites that have HTTPS, don’t use expired SSL encryption certificates, and never send passwords to anyone over chat, text message, or email.
Other than a password management solution, don’t save your passwords in web browsers or public cloud servers. Better yet, use private or incognito mode to keep your passwords from being saved. If you are saving your passwords in a document, make sure they are encrypted and stored in different locations.
Watch out for social engineering scams
When surfing the web, you must closely scrutinize websites, URL links, applications, and especially messages that ask you to reset your password. Before interacting with any of these elements, verify their authenticity with a cybersecurity expert.
Aside from that, never leave your devices unlocked or unattended, and be careful of using online screen capture tools as you might accidentally reveal private information.
Implement cybersecurity measures
Finally, protect your passwords by installing advanced firewalls, the latest security patches and hotfixes, encryption systems, and software that can remotely wipe a mobile device when needed.
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