Are you still using your password from 2013?

David Pollino
Posted by David Pollino

I’ve been reading about the Yahoo! data breach of a billion accounts reported recently, which dates back to 2013. If you’re a Yahoo! user, I hope you’re not using the same password as you did in 2013.

Screen showing several blue strings of numeric code, with red "data breach" and "cyber attack" inserted.A cool password back then may have been “Gangn@m#Style1,” but you definitely shouldn’t still be using it.

Here’s a reminder for some best practices that will work right now and through 2017 – so how about making these your New Year’s resolutions?

  • Periodically change your passwords.
  • Do not reuse passwords.
  • Enable two-factor authentication to add an extra layer of security to your online accounts.
  • Use strong passwords. Password managers such as LastPass can make this much simpler.
  • Always use a password manager that offers two-factor authentication.

Here are two more New Year’s resolutions to add to your list:

  • Clean out your email by deleting old messages that are no longer needed. You’d be surprised; your sent items may go back more than 10 years!
  • Make sure your contact information (phone numbers/email/address) is up to date. If a company has a breach, you want them to be able to contact you.

If you own a business, here are few more recommendations to consider:

  • Archive old data and accounts – delete data and accounts when no longer needed because the data can cause problems later. It’s unlikely that all of the 1 billion Yahoo! accounts were being actively used.
  • Have a plan for security events. Your business could be the victim of a breach.

Let’s all make it a goal to be #BeCyberSafe in 2017!

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  • Anonymous says:

    For a while I incorporated a site name and year into my password string until I switched to LastPass. Not only does it create very cryptic passwords, an added benefit is it saves time when logging into sites. Great Tips, thank you, David.

    Reply | 3 years ago

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