Happy (almost) Thanksgiving! We are thankful for all of our Keepies – you make us great and we hope you have a happy and safe Thanksgiving.
We want to make sure you stay safe this holiday season. With Black Friday and Cyber Monday days away, we have some tips to NOT get holiday hacked. Now, these may seem like common sense, but with one in five people having had an online account hacked and 61% of people still using the same password everywhere, we thought some tips could come in handy.
Hackers love the holidays (especially from Thanksgiving to News Years) and unfortunately, we are all at risk to getting hacked – every time you swipe your credit card or sign into a social media account, you are at risk of your private information falling into the wrong hands. From Target and Home Depot, to Apple’s iCloud, it seems there’s a new security breach announced every month. Did you know the State Department, the White House, the US Postal Service and the National Weather Service have all been hacked within the last month?
So, make sure you stay safe this holiday season by following these Five Tips to Not Get Black Friday/Cyber Monday/Holiday Hacked:
1. Stop using passwords that are too short or easy to remember.
When creating a password, it’s important to use a combination of upper- and lower-case letters, numbers and symbols which can be accomplished with a password manager. Make it difficult on those hackers by creating complicated, lengthy passwords that you change every six months.
2. Don’t use passwords with personal information.
While it may be easy to remember your birthday or your significant other’s middle name, hackers are becoming increasingly sophisticated and number/letter combinations related to your profile are likely the first that a hacker will try.
3. Break away from the habit of using the same password on every site.
If you continue to use the same password for every service, you increase the likelihood that one hacked site could expose your credentials further. Use as many different passwords as you can for all of your different accounts.
4. Don’t write your passwords on sticky notes, sheets of paper, in notebooks or in an unprotected spreadsheet file.
Many traditional cloud services are vulnerable to sophisticated hackers who can actually gain access to your underlying file or records.
5. Use two-factor authentication.
This security step provides the user with a second code that is sent to the user’s mobile device which they enter with their master password. It provides a strong, additional security layer that most often, stops a hacker in it’s tracks, especially when they are trying to break into your online account. Since they don’t have your mobile device to receive the second code, it prevents them from breaking into your account.
6. *BONUS TIP: Stop trying to remember passwords and start using a password management tool.
Leading password management tools like Keeper, allow users to create randomly generated secure passwords for all of your different services that are stored in your own personal vault. It creates all your passwords for your sites and remembers them for you. You only have to remember a master password to access your vault and you’ll easily adhere to tips 1-5 above. Even better – if your device supports it, you can log into Keeper with your fingerprint for fast and secure access.
What to do if you do get hacked:
- Immediately change your passwords across all affected sites. This is very easy and fast with a password management application.
- Utilize a password management application like Keeper. Keeper has never been hacked. It utilizes multiple layers of military-grade encryption, two-factor authentication and biometric authentication. Keeper uses an emergency notification system that can instantly alert its users if a major website is hacked – this allows the user to log into Keeper and immediately change their passwords on the affected site(s).