In the end, it's the responsibility to the public to protect themselves stated by Robert Siciliano, an Online Security Expert to McAfee. This disclosure now requires those currently exposed to change their password. The rule of thumb is to change your passwords frequently, every six months. It's a cliché, but true, passwords need to be strong. Let the keyboard be your palate and be creative. A common mistake people make is that they use dictionary or slang terms. Beware. Dictionary attacks use software that automatically plugs common words into password fields making password cracking effortless for various tools.
15 tips from McAfee to keep your passwords safe:
Make sure you use different passwords for each of your accounts.
Be sure no one watches when you enter your password.
Always log off if you leave your device and anyone is around—it only takes a moment for someone to steal or change the password.
Use comprehensive security software and keep it up to date to avoid keyloggers (keystroke loggers) and other malware.
Avoid entering passwords on computers you don’t control (like computers at an Internet café or library)—they may have malware that steals your passwords.
Avoid entering passwords when using unsecured Wi-Fi connections (like at the airport or coffee shop)—hackers can intercept your passwords and data over this unsecured connection.
Don’t tell anyone your password. Your trusted friend now might not be your friend in the future. Keep your passwords safe by keeping them to yourself.
Depending on the sensitivity of the information being protected, you should change your passwords periodically, and avoid reusing a password for at least one year.
Do use at least eight characters of lowercase and uppercase letters, numbers, and symbols in your password. Remember, the more the merrier.
Strong passwords are easy to remember but hard to guess. Iam:)2b29! — This has 10 characters and says “I am happy to be 29!” I wish.
Use the keyboard as a palette to create shapes. %tgbHU8*- Follow that on the keyboard. It’s a V. The letter V starting with any of the top keys. To change these periodically, you can slide them across the keyboard. Use W if you are feeling all crazy
Have fun with known short codes or sentences or phrases. 2B-or-Not_2b? —This one says “To be or not to be?”
It’s okay to write down your passwords, just keep them away from your computer and mixed in with other numbers and letters so it’s not apparent that it’s a password.
You can also write a “tip sheet” which will give you a clue to remember your password, but doesn’t actually contain your password on it. For example, in the example above, your “tip sheet” might read “To be, or not to be?”
Check your password strength. If the site you are signing up for offers a password strength analyzer, pay attention to it and heed its advice.
After announcing the acquisition of blogging service Tumblr for $1.1 billion, Yahoo has now taken part in the widening list of bidders for Hulu which is owned by NewsCorp and Walt Disney, in its attem...
Broadcom Corporation (NASDAQ: BRCM), a global innovation leader in semiconductor solutions for wired and wireless communications, today announced a new line of high-performance processors for wired an...
Propalms, a leading provider of server based computing technology based on Microsoft Remote Desktop Services, Hypervisor based VDI and Enterprise remote access solutions, has announced that Propalms T...
Propalms, a leading provider of server based computing technology based on Microsoft Remote Desktop Services, Hypervisor based VDI and Enterprise remote access solutions, has announced its recent acqu...
Nimbuzz, the leading mobile communication platform has launched the all new Nimbuzz application for the Blackberry OS. The app is all set to cater to the evolving communication needs of Nimbuzz users...
Antec Inc, the global leader in high-performance computer components and accessories for the gaming, PC upgrade and Do-It-Yourself markets, is pleased to announce the full compatibility of its noteboo...
Information provided on this page has been independently obtained from sources believed to be reliable. However, such information may include inaccuracies, errors or omissions.ITVoir.com, and its affiliates, information providers or content providers, shall have no liability to you or third parties for the accuracy, completeness, timeliness or correct sequencing of information available on this page, or for any decision made or action taken by you in reliance upon such information, or for the delay or interruption of such information. ITVoir.com,its affiliates, information providers and content providers shall have no liability for investment decisions or other actions taken or made by you based on the information provided.