Most internet users change their passwords regularly. It seems that there is a cyber attack every few days, from iCloud image hacks to phishing scams and as a business we take this very seriously. We often advise our clients to monitor their e mail and social media accounts for malicious activity as it can happen to any business from your local village shop to a huge corporate giant like Microsoft. Hackers don’t discriminate!
On Closer Inspection….
A list of almost 5 million combinations of Gmail addresses and passwords were posted online on Tuesday however the passwords seem to be old, and they don’t appear to actually belong to Gmail accounts. Instead, it seems that many of the passwords were taken from websites where users used their Gmail addresses to register for updates, according to some of the leak’s victims as well as security experts. The passwords were originally posted on a Russian Bitcoin forum
A Google spokesman has said that there is “no evidence that our systems have been compromised,” and security experts seem to agree that the passwords are either old Gmail passwords obtained through phishing, or are passwords that were actually used on other sites.
Now is not the time to panic! However follow these handy tips and it will maximise your e mail account security for the future.
Get Security Savvy
Every email service provider has different security measures that are their to protect your account such as two step verification which means that no one can access your account unless they have your mobile phone as well. They send emails to their customers like your account is being attempted to compromised from different IP addresses. Please change your password.
Choose a Complicated E mail Address
It may not look cool but there more special characters and numbers you can add the better. This is so no one can guess it through your name.
Create a SECURE password
Again create a complicated password which does not involve your name. For example the first method hackers will use is your “first name” or a phrase or pet name that people know you by. All good passwords are original and are not replicated from other accounts you may have. A good password will contain a combination of uppercase and lowercase letters; numbers; and/or special characters such as %, $, and +. I=. Treat your password like a pin number. No one needs to know!
Answer your Security Questions Wisel
Ensure that your answers cannot be easily guessed or researched and does not change over time. It should be simple and memorable information that is memorable in your life (but not everyone else’s)
Your e mail and password are confidential information. No one except a hacker who wants to obtain access your account will ask you for this information. If you receive unsolicited e mails IGNORE them. Do not respond to them and give them information. These e mails are from fraudsters!