Five Steps to Protect Your Passwords Before It's Too Late

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Create stronger passwords

When changing your password, make sure that your new password is a minimum of eight characters long, and that it doesn't contain your real name, username, or any other personally identifying information. The best passwords include a combination of uppercase and lowercase letters, numbers, and special characters.

Reports of data breaches, online accounts being hacked and passwords being stolen have become so commonplace, users are no doubt becoming numb and complacent to the real dangers these threats present. Even so, it's essential that organizations and users take proactive and ongoing action to protect their sensitive information.

For instance, recent reports detail the alleged theft of 1.2 million usernames and passwords by a Russian cyber crime group. While on the surface this appears to be a massive breach, it's a breach that took time, maybe even years to accomplish. So while it's important to respond to incidents such as this, it's just as important – or maybe even more important – to establish strong password best practices that take a proactive rather than reactive approach to dealing with breaches.

In this slideshow, we take a look at five steps, identified by Symantec, that organizations and individual users should take now to protect their most sensitive password-protected information.

 

Related Topics : Unisys, Stimulus Package, Security Breaches, Symantec, Electronic Surveillance

 
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