Are you still using your password from 2013?
I’ve been reading about the Yahoo! data breach of a billion accounts reported recently, which dates back to 2013. If you’re a Yahoo! user, I hope you’re not using the same password as you did in 2013.
Here’s a reminder for some best practices that will work right now and through 2017 – so how about making these your New Year’s resolutions?
- Periodically change your passwords.
- Do not reuse passwords.
- Enable two-factor authentication to add an extra layer of security to your online accounts.
- Use strong passwords. Password managers such as LastPass can make this much simpler.
- Always use a password manager that offers two-factor authentication.
Here are two more New Year’s resolutions to add to your list:
- Clean out your email by deleting old messages that are no longer needed. You’d be surprised; your sent items may go back more than 10 years!
- Make sure your contact information (phone numbers/email/address) is up to date. If a company has a breach, you want them to be able to contact you.
If you own a business, here are few more recommendations to consider:
- Archive old data and accounts – delete data and accounts when no longer needed because the data can cause problems later. It’s unlikely that all of the 1 billion Yahoo! accounts were being actively used.
- Have a plan for security events. Your business could be the victim of a breach.
Let’s all make it a goal to be #BeCyberSafe in 2017!