Please Take Your Use Of Passwords Seriously!

While I was having my Rogers services installed last week, I got a panicked call from one of my clients who had her iCloud account hacked and taken over by a scammer who was sending out e-mails asking for money under the guise of needing the money to get home from the Philippines after being robbed. This was similar to something that another one of my clients experienced a few years ago. On top of that, all her contacts were deleted which is a crushing blow to anyone who relies on their contacts to do business. The link between the two incidents was the fact both clients used passwords that were easy to guess. Seeing as the digital universe is a dangerous place these days, I cannot stress enough that you should be using strong passwords (more on that in a second) and be using different passwords for all your online resources.

Now what do I mean when I say that you should use a strong password? Well, a strong password comprises the following:

  • It should be at least 8 characters in length.
  • It should have at least 1 upper case character
  • It should have at least 1 number in it
  • It should have a special character (Example: !@#$%^&* are special characters)

Here’s an example of this. The word “password” is not a secure password because it is easy to guess due to the fact that it’s a dictionary based word. However “P@$$w0rd” is more secure because it looks like a dictionary word, but it isn’t from the standpoint of the tools that hackers use to get into online accounts. Thus it makes you more secure.

Now, I mentioned that you should use different passwords for each of your online resources. The reason being is that if some hacker gets one password right for one online resource, you can be sure that they’ll try it on your other ones. Which means that you could have a major problem if someone hacks one of your online resources. It also means you might forget a password or two. So to help you remember them, I would recommend the use of apps like 1Password and eWallet to remember them. These are applications that securely store your passwords and makes sure they’re up to date on all your devices. That way, life is much easier for you when it comes to keeping your digital life secure.

 

2 Responses to “Please Take Your Use Of Passwords Seriously!”

  1. […] This is a good time to look at your iCloud account in terms of how secure it is. Consider using a strong password that is distinct from other passwords that you have and enabling two factor authentication to […]

  2. […] should look at your iCloud account in terms of how secure it is. Consider using a strong password that is distinct from other passwords that you have and enabling two factor authentication to […]

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