Lastpass is a literal life-saver! I honestly don’t know what I would do without it.
In todays online world of life and business, security is a bigger issue than people realize. There are literally thousands upon thousands of hackers
Security breaches happen every day! To big companies and individuals alike. According to Heimdal Security, 230,000 new malware sample were recorded daily in 2015, and that number continues to climb. Cyberint Solutions wrote a post with some alarming statistics that you, the consumer should be aware of:
- 95% of breached records came from only three industries in 2016: government, retail, and technology.
- There is a hacker attack every 39 seconds.
- 43% of cyber attacks target small business.
- Since 2013 there are 3,809,448 records stolen from breaches EVERY DAY!!
- Over 75% of health care industry has been infected with malware over last year.
- By 2020 there will be roughly 200 billion connected devices.
- 95% of cybersecurity breaches are due to human error.
One of the most common ways that hackers break into computers is by guessing passwords, and they don’t do it my hand. They use complex algorithms that can guess a thousand combinations in a matter of seconds. Give them an hour and they will crack your life wide open.
Don’t Be The Victim of Cyber Criminals
I can’t tell you the number of times I have met clients who use the same password for every single online account they use. Trust me, I know it’s a pain having to remember new information all the time, but isn’t your privacy and security important enough to make a change? Aren’t your hard earned dollars, and credit score important enough to take a stand?
For The Best Possible Security
- passwords should be long and complex because they require more time and effort to guess.
- passwords should contain a minimum of ten characters and use a combination of characters, upper-case and lower-case letters and numbers.
- never write down your passwords, so they can’t be stolen and used by someone else.
- never use the same password for two or more devices or accounts, because once a password is discovered, the first thing a hacker will do is try to access other devices or accounts with it.
Here’s one last reference you may be interested to check out. Troy Hunt is an awarded microsoft security developer and he created Pwned Password, a free resource where you can quickly assess if you are at risk due to an online account data breach. Find out more at Have I Been Pwned.
Let me leave you with one last statistic that Troy wrote about in his blog, 86% of Passwords are Terrible (and Other Statistics)