How do we handle passwords? How can we protect ourselves from hacks? Read below for advice on how to protect yourself from these hacks.
In this day in age, many of us use passwords in order to protect our most sensitive information. Unfortunately hacks and leaks are becoming more and more inevitable, and with that so is the increase chance of your passwords to be hacked. You might be wondering, so what? “My Facebook account got hacked. Wouldn’t it just know my personal information” Aside from the issue of privacy invasion, that same personal information could be used to decode your password. For example, suppose you use your birthday, January 31, 1999 as 01311999 as your password. Sure this may be easier to remember; however, it’s easy to discern this information online from various accounts, plus many of your friends and coworkers know this information. Another issue is that it’s likely that the same password is used for multiple accounts including ATM accounts. One advice would be to use long, random characters as your password. Maybe a certain pattern of numbers reminds you of something? A password generator will not help as according to a global consultant, Deloitte, almost 90% of the passwords that are generated have high security risk. In short, the best way to avoid these type of hacks is to make your passwords random or have patterns that only you would be able to decipher. That way, hackers do not steal sensitive information.