Password Protection Day is Thursday, a time to bring good security hygiene and password habits to protect us from cybercrime. Ten million Canadians were affected last year. The Better Business Bureau of Manitoba suggests we take this seriously. The numbers of passwords stolen are staggering. In 2016, 32 million Twitter password accounts were hacked and in 2012, 117 million user names and passwords were siphoned from LinkedIn. With all these personal passwords floating around the dark side of the Internet, should you be worried?
To better protect personal and financial information, the B.B.B. suggest changing your passwords on all online accounts two or three times a year ! By the end of the decade the average person will have over 200 online accounts and subscriptions that contain sensitive information which makes protection more paramount.
- Use a different password for each account.
- Don’t share passwords with anyone.
- Change your passwords regularly – at least 2-3 times a year & update password for cell phones.
- Turn on multi-factor authentication. i.e.: answer security questions; input unique codes.
- Build strong passwords – use at least 8 characters; upper & lower-case letter; numbers & symbols.
- Avoid words found in dictionary; avoid family & pet names, birth dates……..Now for what Not To do , thanks to JIMMY KIMMEL!