Hacker stealing credentials

Facebook revealed recently that they had suffered a hacking attack which exposed the personal information of 50 million users. This is obviously a serious, not to mention huge and embarrassing disaster for Facebook, but what should you do if yours is one of the hacked accounts?


Well, the first thing you should do is change your password. Fortunately - some might say - when the attack was discovered, Facebook engineers logged out the affected accounts, so the first thing you'll have noticed is that you have to login again. Once you have, change your password for something that's easy for you to remember but hard for someone else to guess.


There are some simple tips to choosing a good password:


  • Use at least 6 characters but really, the more the better. 
  • Include letters, both UPPERCASE and lowercase as well as numbers and grammatical symbols, such as: ,<>!"£$%^&*.
  • Make your password unique. Many people use the same easy-to-remember password for more than one website. Using the same password for Facebook, Twitter, Instagram or, in fact, any other site, is a security risk because if one of those websites becomes compromised or has their membership data stolen - like Facebook has just announced - then the hackers can simply use that same password to log into your other accounts.
  • Avoid personal names and common words. Hackers do a lot of background research to get access to your logins and there's an amazing amount of information you leave around every time you go on the internet.
  • Don't write them down and leave them lying around or stuck to your monitor with a sticky label.
  • Don't write them on your walls. Yes, I've actually seen this done.
  • Use a password manager. There are quite a lot of these on the market, most of which have a free option. I have used a commercial version of a well known password manager, which is available for Linux, iOS, Android and Windows. The beauty of this is that I can use any of my devices to access my passwords. You only need to remember one password to log into your password manager. It then acts as a store of all of your login details, usually a username and a password combination and most of them will generate a unique password for you. You can find one of many reviews at: http://bit.ly/harryadneypwm

If you are one of the affected accounts, and you have used the same password on other websites, then make sure you change those passwords too. Yes, it's a hassle, but it's less of a hassle than trying to get your money back if it's been stolen.

 Sunday, September 30, 2018

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