Recently a major news story has been circulating about Dropbox being hacked. With this story there have been many ups and downs: first it was stated that Dropbox WAS hacked and then Dropbox came back declaring they WEREN’T hacked, but outside servers were hacked and the passwords/usernames from those servers were used to log in to many websites, including Dropbox’s site.
While this story has created major panic, speculation, and confusion, we believe that it can be used as an educational experience in cyber security.
If thought about logically, it makes sense that hackers would grab usernames and passwords from one site and use them across the board. According to a 2013 study by Ofcom, the UK’s communications regulator, 55% of online users use the same password for every website!
Therefore, we have 3 tips on how to keep your important* websites and information safe:
- Never use the same password on more than one website at a time.
- Much like the security measurements used on the HKA website, make sure your passwords include at least: one uppercase letter, one lowercase letter, one number, and one special character (if permitted).
- Change your passwords at least once every quarter.
Of course, this creates the question: “How do you remember all of these passwords and keep them safe?” Stay tuned for our next blog for 3 tips from the experts.
* When it comes to social media sites like Facebook and Twitter, many people believe that their security is not as important. We disagree! Social media websites may not contain secure documents, but they do include something important: your reputation. And in today’s world, online reputation is an important aspect of your professional reputation!