Because your privacy is only as safe as your weakest password.
Your online privacy depends on the strength of your passwords.
Ok, so maybe that’s a bit of an exaggeration, but let’s face it. The strength of your passwords is important. If it wasn’t, why would so many people be interested in hacking them!
Passwords keep your private stuff private. They make sure that the emails sent from your account are actually written by you. They make sure that the Posts, Likes and Comments that appear on your Facebook page are authentic. They keep your Dropbox photos private. They make sure your coffee card is used exclusively to buy frothy sweet drinks for the people you want to treat.
Of course, passwords also prevent criminals from draining your bank account, running up charges on your credit cards, and causing all sorts of other mischief.
Clearly, having a strong password and keeping it secure is important. Which leads to the question – how can you create rock-solid passwords and keep them protected? Here are 14 simple steps to help you out.
Jennifer Lawrence. Arianna Grande. Kate Upton. These are just a few of the known celebrities who recently had their private photos leaked online after a hacker had allegedly compromised their iCloud accounts. The hacker went on to claim they have more than 100 celebrities’ photos in their possession.
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Unfamiliar messages. Passwords that no longer work. These are just two of the many clues that cybercriminals have gotten a hold of your password and broken into your account.
With the password compromised, the first step is to regain control over the account by changing passwords and checking configuration settings to make sure nothing has changed. However, if the root problem (how the passwords were successfully stolen) is not fixed, then the accounts will just get compromised again and again. That’s why it’s important to take your passwords seriously and to make sure they are strong.
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Our personal email accounts enable us to send and receive messages instantly with people all around the world. While we primarily use our email accounts for communications purposes, many of us use it to sign up for accounts such as online banking, online shopping, social networks, and even alternative email accounts. But have you considered the possibility that your personal email account could be the weakest link? By “weakest link”, we mean that a compromised email account could potentially result in the accounts connected to it being compromised too. That’s why it’s important to address email security from the get go.
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When he was just 15 years old, Michael “MafiaBoy” Calce managed to shut down several major websites including CNN, Dell, Amazon, Yahoo!, eBay, and E-Trade with a series of denial of service attacks. Now, more than a decade later, he talks about how the hacker culture has changed and what users can do to protect themselves.
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