Late Tuesday, the New York Times reported that a Russian crime ring has amassed 1.2 billion username and password combinations and more than 500 million email addresses. This major security breach of 420,000 websites, both large and small, underscores the critical importance for every small business to actively and continuously take measures for employee username and password protection. Below is a roundup of helpful advice and how-tos shared on SmallBusiness.com during the past few months that can help you review your options. Doing nothing is not an option:

Ways to Protect Your Company’s Online Accounts

An overview of internet-related security risks at a small business and steps to take to combat them. (Link)

How (and Why) to Use a Password Management Application

A lock on your front door doesn’t do you any good if you keep the key under the mat. The best security on the web won’t protect you if you have the same bad password on every site you visit. (Link)

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

It’s incredibly easy and fast to use a two-step verification method to protect your online accounts. Here’s how they work and why you should use them. (Link)

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

Getting in a solid work session at the local coffee shop may be a tempting idea, but it has its risks. Here are ways to keep from being hacked while using a public wifi network. (Link)

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Ebay Asks 145 Million Users to Change Passwords

Ebay is asking its 145 million users to change their passwords because of a cyberattack that compromised a database containing encrypted passwords “and other non-financial data.”

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

It’s incredibly easy and fast to use a two-step verification method to protect your online accounts. Here’s how they work and why you should use them.

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How (and Why) to Use a Password Management Application

A lock on your front door doesn’t do you any good if you keep the key under the mat, just like the best security on the web won’t protect you if you have the same bad password on every site you visit.

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

Getting in a solid work session at the local coffee shop may be a tempting idea, but it has its risks. Like getting your personal information stolen because you were careless on a public network.