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Protect yourself from hackers

How to safeguard your information online

Internet security breaches have occurred more frequently over the past few years, and it looks like it has happened yet again. This time, the hack has compromised more than 500 million email addresses and more than 1.2 billion username and password combinations! This is being regarded as one of the biggest and most dangerous informational breaches of all time.

It’s about time you changed your passwords and adapted some of the better password formulation techniques to avoid falling prey to these mischief mongers. While using the same password across several different sites is undoubtedly easier to remember, it puts you at elevated risk of exposure when and if any of your online accounts are compromised.

This time, more than 420,000 websites and their databases have been compromised. So if you’ve been using the same password for your “fun” accounts as for your bank accounts, you’re now financially exposed to people who would be more than willing to help themselves to a slice out of your savings.

Your online security depends on you. If you are hoping to keep your accounts secure, you need to make a conscious effort toward this goal. Yes, they’re much easier for you to remember, but keeping simple passwords doesn’t protect your privacy. Here are a few tips to help you construct better passwords:

  1. Mix it up: Use a mix of letters – both upper- and lower-case – numbers and special symbols (if allowed). The more difficult it is to type, the more protected you will be from someone accessing your accounts.
  2. Switch it up: Change your passwords often. Old passwords tend to get compromised easily.
  3. Don’t make it easy: Use different passwords for different accounts. And don’t keep that password log online or on your computer/gadget! Use traditional methods for keeping your passwords straight. This means not only writing it down on a piece of paper but also keeping that piece of paper safe and secret!
  4. Here, sharing isn’t caring: Don’t share your passwords with anyone. You might just be courting account misuse by sharing this kind of information with your family and/or friends!
  5. Stay on top of it: Make sure you’re updated with the latest news. Know when and if an informational breach has occurred. Also, know what you can do to find out if your online privacy has been compromised. If you stay ignorant about the situation for too long, it might just be a bit too late by the time you finally figure it out on your own.

A Russian cyber mob is known to be involved with this data breach. Click here to find out more about this story.

Jonathan Cronstedt is the CEO of Empower Network, a leading affiliate marketing and direct sales company. Jonathan enjoys new technology, traveling, spending time with his wife and red wine.

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