Passwords Are Stolen Everyday; How to Protect Yours From Being One of Them

This post is part of the series, SmallBusiness.com Guide to Business Computer and Tech Security: Advice, alerts and information about digital security threats faced by small businesses. You can browse other posts in the series below.

  1. Lynda.com Alerts 9.1 Million Users After 55,000 Accounts Are Breached | December 2016

  2. What Does HTTPS Mean? And Why a Small Business Website Needs the ‘S’

  3. Yahoo Security Breach is Another Reminder of Why Password Protection is Critical to Your Business

  4. Homeland Security Tips for Choosing Harder to Hack Passwords

  5. Passwords Are Stolen Everyday; How to Protect Yours From Being One of Them

  6. How to Recognize and Avoid an Attempt to Crack Your Two-Step Verification Passwords

  7. How Voice Recognition Software is Being Used to Detect Cyber Criminals

  8. How to Avoid a New Cyber Attack Attempting to Access Small Business Bank  Funds

  9. Seven Resolutions for 2016 That Will Help Protect Your Small Business Computers

  10. Top Ten Free Antivirus Utilities For Your Small Business | 2016

  11. Most Small Businesses Have No Cyber Attack Response Plan

  12. If Your Business Bank Account Gets Hacked, Your Bank May Blame You

  13. Why You Should Still Use a Password Management System, Even if You Heard One Was ‘Hacked’

  14. Advice From Google on Avoiding Scams Directed at Small Businesses

  15. More Tips for Actively Managing Your Passwords

  16. What Small Business Customers Should Know and Do About the JPMorgan Chase Cyberattack

  17. How Hackers Use ‘Social Engineering’ and How to Prevent It

  18. Ten Tips From the FCC for Improving Your Small Business Cyber Security

  19. Password Protection Advice from SmallBusiness.com

  20. Ebay Asks 145 Million Users to Change Passwords

  21. What is Two-Step Verification and Why You Should Start Using Them

  22. How (and Why) to Use a Password Management Application

  23. How to Reduce the Odds of Being Hacked While Using Public Wifi

Today’s news sounds like last week’s news and last month’s news and next week’s news: Today, it’s about someone claiming to have — and who is offering to sell — a cache of Twitter data that contains 32 million records, including passwords. Twitter said that its systems haven’t been breached. The source says the passwords were most likely collected over time by malware-infected browsers that sent saved passwords to hackers. No matter what the cause, when you don’t manage your passwords, it’s like leaving your house’s front door open every time you leave home.

Here’s What Not to Do

We’ve said it many times. We’ve read it many places.

Don’t use the same passwords on multiple accounts
Don’t use a password that is based on your name or information that has anything to do with you
Don’t use ABC or 123
Don’t be dumb, in other words

Here is more SmallBusiness.com information on how to reduce the possibilities of your online accounts being hacked due to a stolen password

There are ways that a criminal hacker may steal a vast amount of information that you can’t control. This is extremely rare, but not without precedent. In past posts, we have shared specific steps you can take to make it impossible for someone to access your account based solely on one factor, like having your password. Here are things you can do.

How (and Why) to Use a Password Management Application

Why You Should Still Use a Password Management System, Even if You Heard One Was ‘Hacked’

What is Two-Step Verification and Why You Should Start Using Them

How to Recognize and Avoid an Attempt to Crack Your Two-Step Verification Passwords

More Tips for Actively Managing Your Passwords