Passwords have been in use long before the invention of the internet. However, as internet use has become more and more commonplace, accessing passwords and other sensitive data has become a major draw for some. For these hackers, the thrill of being somewhere there aren’t supposed to be or looking for info that was meant to be secret is a major draw. With that in mind, what can the average person do to keep themselves, and their passwords and info safe?The first step is to make sure that you have a complex password and that it is changed frequently. Using the various techniques that fall under the brute force umbrella, hacker can use programs to quickly hammer away at a password until they find it. The most easy passwords for these programs to hack are simple words or strings. Make sure your password is long and uses letters, numbers and punctuation.While having a complex password and changing it frequently are good, you need to make sure that it’s not so complex that you need to write it down or store it some place. Stories abound of hackers using social engineering, basically using social skills to get a password or to gain access to an area where passwords are stored. Post it notes with passwords are a juicy target for these kinds of hackers.Lastly, change your password for every site you use. Even if you have a secure password, hackers can find it by hacking into any of the various web sites that you use. While most sites are safe, hackers love to find backdoors and other ways to access a company’s data. If you use the same password on every site, one data breach can leave you wide open.
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