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

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Enable two-factor authentication

Many websites now offer two-factor (or two-step) authentication, which adds an extra layer of security to your account by requiring you to enter your password, plus a code that you will receive on your mobile device via text message or a token generator to login to the site. This may add complexity to the login process, but it significantly improves the security of your account. If nothing else, use this for your most important accounts.

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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