How safe are you online?

Do you know your email, password has been hacked. Check at the this website “have I been pwned”. Have I Been Pwned is a website that allows internet users to check if their personal data has been compromised by data breaches. It is safe to check on this website. Please check your old password. If you are checking for the active password, then do change after checking.

More than a billion users were affected by the data breach in 2018. It is very common that new hacks by malicious hackers occur every day. Malicious hacker is someone who uses his talents for personal gains, such as stealing data or producing malware.

Six tips to safeguard online data

Here are general tips for protecting your data and privacy. If you follow them you get huge security benefits.

1. Change your passwords
If you have an online account or have email accounts, always create strong and unique passwords. It should be a mix of (a) uppercase letters, (b) lowercase letters, (c) numbers, and/or (d) special characters. Password may be Between 8 and 128 characters long. Keep changing the password after every 180 days.

2.Different password for different accounts
Always have different passwords for different accounts. If the same is for all accounts, you are in danger. Hacking of one password means, all accounts are hacked.

3. Use a password manager
Password managers like LastPass,1Password, helps in generating complex passwords and also stores your passwords.

4. Two-factor authentication (2FA) -You can create two-factor Authentication, also referred to as two-step verification or dual factor authentication. This is a security process in which the user provides two different authentication factors to verify themselves. Even if someone has your password, he/she cannot login, if you have two-factor authentication.

5. Be Cautious About Clicking on Pop-Up Boxes. Spyware programs may create a pop-up box where you can click “yes” or “no” to a particular question. If you click on either choice, your browser may be tricked into thinking you initiated a download for spyware.

6. Keep Your OS updated -Be aware of recent patches and fixes recommended by the OS vendor and regularly install the latest updates to protect against new malware (software that is specifically designed to disrupt, damage, or gain unauthorized access to a computer system.). Check for updates automatically if the option is available.

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