Even the biggest websites on the Internet aren’t protected from hacker attacks – just last week a Russian hacker group published nearly a million passwords of users of the LinkedIn professional-networking website. This leads to the question – if websites which are maintained by trained and experienced programmers can’t be protected from hacker attacks, then how can we protect ourselves? Here are some tips on how to protect your passwords:
Check if Your Password has also Stolen at LinkedIn
If you are a used of LinkedIn they you are probably worried about your account. LastPass are a renowned password-management company which released a tool that allows you to check if your password is one of the 7 million stolen LinkedIn passwords.
Simple Passwords Can Complicate Your Online Security Settings
When you register to a website, the system stores your password as a ‘hash’. In order to do this, the database uses complex algorithms which are very hard to decode. Using a password which contains uppercase and lower-case letters and numbers is a good way to protect your account. According to the latest information, more than 60% of the passwords stolen from LinkedIn were successfully decrypted, so many people wonder if LinkedIn users used simple passwords or if the website’s security system wasn’t good enough.
Don’t Become the Next Victim of Phishing Emails
Online crooks always wait for such accidents to start their phishing schemes. Phishing attacks are pretty simple – the user receives an e-mail which looks like official communication from LinkedIn. However, the message asks you to reveal personal data like name, password, etc. Other phishing e-mails include links which will install malware on your computer.
Don’t Rely on Same Key to Open all Online Account Locks
In most cases, when hackers steal passwords, they try them out on different websites. Make sure that you use different passwords on every website. This is way you’ll be sure that your accounts will be safe in case the security of a certain website is breached.
So if you don’t want to become a victim of online assaults then do follow these useful tips to keep your personal information or precious data away from illegal access.