06 Feb So Many Passwords… Multi-Factor Authentication…. Identify Theft… Data Breaches – I’m confused
How many passwords do you have?
We all have dozens of them, and unfortunately as humans many times the passwords are the same or similar.
Statistically, most people only have three different passwords that they use. The first password is likely the easiest to remember, one that you use for accounts like Facebook or Twitter that you don’t care much about protecting (even if you should care).
As Cyber Attacks, Phishing Emails and Identify Theft is rife in 2019, a simple password doesn’t cut it.
The Primary Way To Find Out If Your Accounts Are Part Of The Data Breach
Since the 2012 LinkedIn hack, security expert Troy Hunt put up the website “Have I Been Pwned?” It’s the first line of defense that you can turn to when you suspect that your accounts have been compromised.
All you need to do is to search for your email address using its very user-friendly interface, and you’ll be able to find out whether your account has been compromised, as well as on how many and which sites the details have been stolen from.
What is “Best Practice” for Account Security
As best practice it’s best to use Multi-Factor Authentication using an Authenticator App, as SMS based 2 Factor Authentication is broken as now hackers are hijacking Mobile Numbers switching your number to another carrier to allow them access to your Mobile to reset passwords.
Create random individual passwords for each login
As best practice we always ensure passwords we generate are created using a Password Generator and are at least 16 Characters and meet complexity requirements, we also enforce MFA Authentication where possible to ensure clients data/emails are secure.
Don’t tell anyone your password. … Depending on the sensitivity of the information being protected, you should change your passwords periodically, and avoid reusing a password for at least one year. Do use at least eight characters of lowercase and uppercase letters, numbers, and symbols in yourpassword.
We always use and recommend LastPass to our clients – lastpass.com
What can I do if I think I am a victim of identity theft?
- Immediately inform the police. …
- Report the loss or theft of identity credentials to the issuing organisation. …
- Alert your bank or financial institution. …
- Get a copy of your credit report. …
- Close all unauthorised accounts. …
- Close any fraudulent or breached online accounts.
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Confused about Passwords? Give our Team a call on 07 5522 1120 and we’ll be able to guide you through the maze of MFA and Complex Passwords
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