If you’re using any kind of cloud application — and these days, who isn’t? — you’re right to be concerned about data privacy and security.
You know you’re guilty of it: using the same password for everything. And yes, it’s annoying to try and remember all those passwords. But read on.
You know you need to have a better password than “password” or “letmein” to have any hope of keeping hackers out of your PC, but what does a “strong” password mean?
Your IT department or provider can help you develop strong password policies. Changing passwords and maintaining separate passwords is a lot of work, but the cybersociety we live in demands it.
Most cloud breaches are due to user error. So it’s important that you, the user, are being smart about security.
If an e-commerce site you’ve registered at gets hacked, and you’ve used your email password to register, you can pretty much bet hackers are going to gain access to your in-box.
Hacking software can guess a five-character password in under three hours. If you only use lowercase letters, it’s 11.9 seconds.
If your social media account gets hacked, you don’t want the attacker to also be able to gain access to your Amazon.com and banking accounts simply because you used the same password for both sites.
A clever crook knows that you probably used the same password on the compromised website as you do on your eBay, Amazon and other online accounts — which are likely to be tied to a bank account.