Like many people, you probably store a lot of important information in your cloud applications. I log into my cloud daily (and stay connect almost all day long) and rely on having access to my data wherever I go. Our clouds are probably tied to lots of other services that help us manage our business and life.
Unfortunately, online data is also valuable in the eyes of spammers and other people looking to do harm. If you have sensitive information in your cloud, it may also be at risk of improper access. Your cloud provider is most likely taking appropriate precautions to protect your valuable data, but are you?
Stay one step ahead of the bad guys
Account hijackers prey on the bad habits of the average Internet user. Understanding common hijacking techniques and using better security practices will help you stay one step ahead of them.
Don’t re-use your passwords: Most users make it easy for hackers, many use the same password for everything. If you are like me, you have several online accounts, i.e: several emails accounts, Facebook, LinkedIn, your company cloud and the list goes on and on. Don’t make it easy for a hacker once they’ve gained access to one account by allowing them access to all of you data. And by all means, practice good password protection by using uncommon and special characters, and numbers too. It is a lot harder to hack an account when your password is “8hr%%2P” than it is if you have something like “carrie1234”.
Malware: You use a computer with infected software that is designed to steal your passwords as you type (“keylogging”) or grab them from your browser’s cache data.
Phishing: You respond to a website, email, or phone call that claims to come from a legitimate organization and asks for your username and password. Never give your username and password to anyone!
Brute force: You use a password that’s easy to guess, like your first or last name plus your birth date (“Laura1968”), or you provide an answer to a secret question that’s common and therefore easy to guess, like “pizza” for “What is your favorite food?”
Take control of your account security across the web
Online accounts that share passwords are like a line of dominoes: When one falls, it doesn’t take much for the others to fall, too. This is why you should choose unique passwords.
And follow these steps to protect your data, yourself and your company:
– Never re-use passwords for your important accounts like online banking, email, social networking, and commerce.
– Change your password periodically, and be sure to do so for important accounts whenever you suspect one of them may have been at risk. Don’t just change your password by a few letters or numbers (“Alvin5” to “Alvin6”); change the combination of letters and numbers to something unique each time.
– Never respond to messages, websites, or phone calls asking for your online username or passwords; a legitimate organization will not ask you for this type of information. Report these messages as soon as you get them to the appropriate people.
We hope you’ll take action to ensure your security across the web. Run regular virus scans, don’t re-use your passwords, and keep your software and account recovery information up to date. These simple yet powerful steps can make a difference when it really counts.
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