For those who have Google, Twitter or Facebook, passwords may have been stolen. There is a growing number of hacking attempts and it seems that passwords are stolen on a weekly basis from various websites. It is important to protect any Google, Facebook, or other accounts from being stolen by using good password security.
Use Different Passwords for Accounts
It may be easier to remember the same password for accounts, but this is not going to keep accounts safe. Once a hacker has the information for one place, he is going to try it everywhere else. This could go further than social media accounts being hacked and spam messages sent to friends. It could lead to bank accounts being tampered with and confidential information stolen.
Make it a habit to use different passwords for all online accounts. If hackers get into email accounts, they have access to many others online accounts. They just have to click the “forgotten password” link and they can change it to anything they want; locking the real owners out.
Create Difficult Passwords
“Password”, “1234”, and other similar ideas are not strong passwords. However, these types of passwords are used on a regular basis. Focus on strong passwords that have a mixture of upper and lowercase letters, numbers and special characters, such as “$,” “£,” “@,” or “&.” Using words from the dictionary is a big no-no, as these are easily guessed. Hackers use software that naturally checks every word in the dictionary first. The software programs know about the tricks of adding numbers at the end or within the words.
Long passwords are better than shorter ones. These types of passwords add the extra security to stop the Google accounts from being stolen. When companies give an option of six to 10 characters, always aim for the 10 characters. Eight or more characters is considered best. One trick is to take a long sentence and just use the first letter of each word.
Make Security Questions Harder
People have no choice in the questions given, but they do have a choice in the answers. Most of the questions involve a person’s mother’s maiden name, or the street they grew up on. All this information is easy to find online now. While it is important to use information the user will remember, it is important to make it harder for people to guess. It could be through the use of special characters, or numbers in place of letters. It could even be the wrong answer, such as the grandmother’s maiden name instead of mother’s.
There is now a change in this type of protection, with a second layer being added. This is something that Google and Facebook have recently added. It is connected to a phone number, so when a person accesses an account from a different IP address, a text message will be sent to the number to confirm it is the right person.
Change Passwords on a Regular Basis
Nobody should keep the same password for a long period of time. Eventually, it becomes easier to guess because hackers have the time to run all the possibilities. Most companies recommend changing the password every three months. Avoid opting for a cycle on passwords, which still makes it easier for someone to guess the password.
Good password security is essential to protect Google, Yahoo, Facebook, and other accounts and avoid them being stolen. It can lead to more issues than a few spam messages. Email accounts, especially, are connected to many other accounts, which could lead to issues with loss of information and money.
By Alexandria Ingham