White Wolf Computer, LLC - Password Security

 

 

In the past couple of days, there has been news that a group of Russian hackers, called CyberVor, have just successfully completed the largest known collection of stolen internet information - a staggering 1.2 billion UNIQUE usernames and passwords from 420,000 websites. Many of these websites are still vulnerable to attack.

Fortunately, it appears the theives have not sold any personal information...yet.

There is no way to tell if you've been personally affected, but due to the sheer size of this breach, it's best to err on the side of caution, and change your passwords.

And just don't change them from password1 to password2 - you want to change them to something secure. The question is, how do you remember a password like Ighsi1996!TIw2c It's Easy!!! The trick is, you have to make it memorable. The password above may look like gibberish, but if you think "I graduated high school in 1996! Then I went to college" it becomes easier. Come up with a sentence, and take the first letter from each word, put some punctuation, or other special characters in there, and ensure it's long (more than 8 characters, preferable many more).

You can also look at your keyboard - again, the password xdr5thu8il. looks difficult to remember, but it's actually the letter M on your keyboard. You may say it's not realistic to remember different passwords for every site. Well, you're right - you definitely want to have unique passwords for any sensitive websites (bank, credit card, etc) but if you have accounts at a site that doesn't store sensitive personal information, then make a basic password, for example rTtIstS65, and for each site you use it on, modify it with an abbreviation for the site - so for Amazon.com it may be
rTtIstS65-mo (I chose the second, and then second to last letter of the site)
rTtIstS65-oi would be the password for a hotmail account.

In addition to choosing a secure password, you also want to take advantage of Two Factor Authentication on any website where its offered. Two factor authentication relies on something you know (a password) and something you have (a cell phone that a code can be sent to - you must enter the code before the website will grant access to you).

Follow this advice, and you'll be well on your way to staying safe online!

If you any questions, or would like to discuss your personal situation, feel free to contact us.

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