Change your Passwords to Guard Your Information Against the Latest and Largest Theft of Credentials
As you may have heard today, over a billion records, including usernames, passwords, and email addresses were stolen from 420,000 websites. This is said to be the largest known collection of stolen internet credentials.
According to the NY Times, victims are not yet identified and most of the hacked websites are still vulnerable, and the stolen data may already be used. Is your personal information part of this collection? You may never know, so watch your credit card balances, keep track of your credit report, change all your passwords, and use a different password for each website. Here are good things to keep in mind when you change your passwords:
- Do not use group, shared, or generic accounts and passwords.
- Change your passwords at least every 90 days.
- Use a minimum password length of at least seven characters.
- Use passwords with both numeric and alphabetic characters.
- Do not use a password that is the same as any of the last four passwords you have used.
If you have additional advice for keeping your personal information safe, you’re welcome to add it here.