It seems like every day there is a new report of companies that are victims of cybersecurity breaches. 5NINES security experts put together a quick list of things you can do to help keep your personal data safe.

  1. Choose a Stong Password- Instead of a password like “M0n$t3r” which is actually easy to crack, use a password phrase. For example: “IAm the VeryModel of a ModernMajor-General.
  2. Avoid re-using the same password for multiple accounts- An attacker trying to access your system(s) would query the following data dumps for your email and password, or password recovery question answers:
    • LinkedIn: In May 2016, 164 million email addresses and passwords were disclosed.
    • Adobe: In October 2013, 153 million Adobe account username and passwords were disclosed.
    • Dropbox: In 2012, 68 million credentials were disclosed.
    • Yahoo!: In 2013, and 2014, 1 billion and 500 million user account credentials were disclosed, respectively.
  3. Use two-factor authentication whenever possible.
  4. Avoid using password recovery questions with answers that can be mined from social media.For example, “dogsname1973!”. You can check if your personal or work accounts have been compromised with this website: https://haveibeenpwned.com (If the site says you have been “pwned” that means that your account information has been disclosed, but typically the password is encrypted.)
  5. Utilize a password manager to securely store multiple passwords. 5NINES recommends using AuthAnvil.

Cyber Security can be difficult to figure out. Let 5NINES help assess your current strategy and help your step up your security game! Contact us for more information!

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