Why do your email passwords need to be very strong and different than the others you use?
Hacking is big business. Email is how a hacker gets to your banking and credit card information. Think about this. Every time you sign up for a banking login or you need to change your password, the entity you are applying for send you an email. If a person had access to your email, they could tell where you bank, who send you offers, and what bills you pay online. Requesting a simple password change can put a hacker into your financial life is less time than it takes to get a cup of coffee.
Here is a piece of information, perhaps you didn’t know. People don’t hack, machines do. They are loaded with code and programs to do what it would take a person hours to do. Searching your computer for firstname.lastname@example.org is swiftly done by a computer. A hacker could get into your system and figure out your access codes without you noticing anything was wrong.
The faster your computer, the less noticeable the intrusion. If you have a high-speed computer and on one day it moves just slightly slower, by the time you think “there might be something going on”, your computer is back to normal speed. AND you don’t think it was anything.
Email passwords should always be the hardest to figure out. But they do not need to be hard to remember. Phrases are hard to hack via machine. Pick a phrase and fashion a password from it.
The phrase I ski for fun could be turned into a password you can remember. Eyeski4fUn. Most companies want at least 8 characters. Some want one of them to be Uppercase, one lowercase, a number and sometimes a symbol. Putting the uppercase letter in a place other than the front makes hacking it harder. You can place the symbol you like in the middle or just before the end.
Make it harder to hack and your email won’t be the reason you are sending apologies to your friends on Facebook, or losing your good credit.
I Do Updates, and Why
Update regularly. It is your primary defense against losing data, getting attacked and having your identity stolen, or worse. I believe many people do not update their computers because “it changes things.” Yes, that is true and sometimes it creates a time suck to fix those issues. That is because the operating system updates require the programs you run to also be updated to work properly.
I wrote a book called “I Don’t Do Updates, but you should“; a humorous look at the reasons and steps to updates from Windows Programs and Microsoft and Adobe software. I explain the problems that occur when you do not do regular updates. As a computer consultant, I see damage to computer data several times a month. Many of these occurrences could have been prevented. Updates are one way.
In the News today Spectre and Meltdown, two attacks are being discussed. This time it is not going to attack software, it is using a ‘vulnerability’ in the hardware of the computer. This time it is also not just Windows-based computers, but Apple and Smartphones also. This will affect you if you do not get the protection of the updates your provider sens to you. Try not to ignore them this time. In an article about Spectre, this quote says it all. “Spectre attacks involve inducing a victim to speculatively perform operations that would not occur during correct program execution and which leak the victim’s confidential information via a side channel to the adversary.”
Update regularly. The companies that know of the vulnerability are fighting it through updates to your systems. You get software update notifications on your PC and your phone. Follow the lead and stay safe!
This study (“What’s the Password?”: The Surprising Results | EPC Group) says that men are almost three times as likely as women to include the word “password” in their passwords. This makes it easy to crack, while women are 1.5 times more likely to use the use of four words method. Their passwords are easy to remember but difficult for hackers to figure out.
Putting four words in a row and substituting a number, adding a capital letter works on most sites and creates an easy way to remember the sequence.
A password would look like this:
iCANbyour1 (10 characters, 1 number, capitol letters)
Adding characters for the account you use makes it even better.
iCANbyourF1 for Facebook
iCANbyourG1 for GM
iCANbyourA1 for Amazon
iCANbyourE1 for eBay
If a symbol is a requirement, add it in a memorable space in the string of words.
It is easy to break your password when you use common strings of numbers and letters. Find a phrase you like and use it in different ways for your accounts. Stay safe on your computer.
OH, also, if you keep a list of passwords on a phone, password protect it and do not say what the passwords are for. If you use the method above, the PW will be easy for you to recall, but not obvious for someone else. Remember, Facebook uses your email address, so access to your FB account with a password found on your phone will make it easy to hack your account.
Also, if you put a security lock on the access to your phone, it would have to be factory reset by someone to use it. Your information would be lost and not accessible to the person who has it.
Stay safe on your phones!
I suggest that you change your email password frequently so pick a new password and today, make it easy to recall.
Start by creating a phrase that you can remember. “I like chocolate.” Use the spaces if your email program allows it. This creates a password that a machine cannot decipher in the time allotted by most attacks.
If you find you have to use capitalizations, do that for the middle or last word. “i like Chocolate.”
If you feel safer with a symbol, use it randomly in the phrase. “I like-chocolate.” Even the use of a period or dash makes this phrase safe in the world of malware hacking.
- Change your password after using your computer in an airport
- Change your password if you begin to get lots of SPAM
- Change your password if you have forgotten it.
- Change your Email password and make it different than the others you use.
You didn’t create your site so somebody could overtake it. Wordfence protection will help you keep it safe for your content and your visitor’s experience.
Read this article about Ransomware and how it is on the rise for WordPress sites.
Ransomware Targeting WordPress – An Emerging Threat
Here is a simple video showing one-way Ransomware can instantly infect a computer. This is from Malwarebytes, the one company I know updates their program to keep up with the changes in Malware technology.
National Data Privacy day is a day to make positive and effective efforts to protect the privacy of your personal data.
The single most significant way for individuals to do this is threefold.
- Change your passwords to stronger, more complicated ones.
- Use two level access wherever it is offered.
- Install and keep an Anti-Malware program up to date.
Hacking and breaking into corporate and government databases is being accomplished by young kids, cyber crooks, and foreign governments. our privacy is also affected by companies that sell our personal contact information. Hacking is happening not only to corporate and business systems; it is happening to individuals.
My computer was infected just days ago and it took several days to get it working again. I saw it early and could stop it from getting worse because I am familiar with the symptoms. Many users ignore symptoms and they accelerate to the point where data is compromised.
Email is the first program hackers go for. It gives them the information that they use to get access to your bank and other financial accounts.
There is a lot at stake.
Change the way you protect your computer.
“In simple words, Phishing is a process of creating a duplicate copy of a reputed website’s page in the intention of stealing user’s password or other sensitive information like credit card details. In our topic, Creating a page which perfectly looks like Gmail login page but in a different URL like gooogle.com or gmaail.com or any URL which pretends to be legit. When a user lands on such a page, he/she might think that is real Gmail login page and asking them to provide their username and password. So the people who do not find phishing page suspicious might enter their username, password and the password information would be sent to the Gmail hacker who created the phishing page, simultaneously the victim would get redirected to original Gmail page.” – Gmail Hacker
How could you protect yourself from phishing?
Hackers can reach you in many ways like emails, personal messages, Facebook messages, Website ads etc. Clicking on any links from these messages would lead you to a login page. Whenever you find a login page, you should note only one thing:
Is the URL correct?
- What is the URL you see in browser address bar?
- Is that really https://mail.google.com/ or https://www.gmail.com/
- Is there a Green colour secure symbol (HTTPS) provided in the address bar?
Green is what you are looking for when it comes to email and banking or other financial sites.
DON’t GO FAST. Read as you go to prevent getting hacked.
Keeping these questions in your mind would prevent you from getting hacked of phishing.
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