Have your passwords on your online accounts ever been cracked unknowingly? There have been a lot of instances when even large online sites were being invaded by hackers all around the globe.
The last biggest breach was last 2012 when LinkedIn, a professional networking site was hacked by Russian hackers. About more than 6 million passwords was being published by that breach, according to CNN.
Constantly, large online companies change their blocking strategies to avoid hackers from penetrating. But hackers are also constantly getting better and better. Even you, as a normal internet user still have the risk having your privacy invaded. So how do you protect your passwords from being decoded?
Never tell anyone
If possible, never tell passwords of your very personal accounts to anyone even to your husband or wife. Passwords of your online bank accounts, business, and private emails and even your social networking accounts should be kept private by you only. If you have to tell someone about it, make sure to have your passwords reset in a 30 or 60-day period.
Use easy-to-remember, hard-to-guess passwords
Hackers tend to breach accounts that have easy passwords. Most large sites have all their passwords in a database of codes. Hackers have to decode those codes and those easily predictable passwords are more easier to be decoded.
Last July 2011, news circulated that Microsoft’s Hotmail has banned the password “123456”. This is the easiest password one could make and the easiest to be hacked too. A bad password would include your name, birthday, or address. These are information that anyone could know about you.
You may use a combination of your mother and father’s name or two things you have great interests in. You can also use weird words that have no relation about you but are easy to remember. Examples would be “doodlebook” or “berryfrog”.
Use “clear browsing data”
If you used to go to public computer stations, make it a point to log out your accounts once you are done using a computer. This is the easiest way for others to sneak around to users who tend to forget. And worse, they may use it against you. This is the most common thing users miss to do that can lead to terrible outcomes.
Also, make sure to delete cache and browsing data on a computer. There are steps on how to delete these to make sure that your data on a specified time don’t get stored on a pc.
Do not open suspicious emails
The most common trap users can fall into is opening attractive emails. If you receive an email from a sender you do not know, then don’t open it. These are usually spammers and when these emails are opened, they have full access on your passwords and even private information. Make sure to be very careful not to be tempted to open enticing subjects on your inboxes.
Password protection is very important nowadays, knowing the capacities of highly intelligent hackers around the globe. You may not be one of their victims now, but don’t wait to be one soon.