In each SecureNews newsletter we aim to provide helpful tips on how to use the Alertsec service and this month we are focusing on two areas. The first is about your password. Passwords are your first line of defense for keeping data secure so it is important that you know how to make a good password.
Our second tip this month is about how to change user profiles. It’s easy to do, even after a service has been deployed and installed for a user. We show you how.
In industry news this month, a data breach at America’s largest bank highlights the ability of cyber criminals to gain access to corporate systems.
And finally, don’t forget our Christmas discount offer!
Your password is the first line of defense in preventing unauthorized access to confidential data and the growing threat from cyber criminals means a strong password is more important than ever.
How do you create strong passwords that are difficult to guess yet also easy to remember? Follow our guide below.
Start with a ‘base’ word that is not easily guessed. It should be more than 6 characters and should not appear on any of your social media pages. It could be your parent’s street name, or a foreign word, or a food dish – not too obvious but something that easily connects in your own brain.
Do not use this word “as is” but alter it slightlyto form a word that would never show up in a dictionary (a dictionary attack is a standard technique for trying to breach computer security). For example, instead of “Bolognese”, use the digit 0 instead of character o, & instead of B, G instead of g, giving you “&0l0Gnese”.
If you want to make it more complicated, write it backwards: “esenG0l0&”. Or combine it: “&0l0GnesesenG0l0&”
Another tip is NOT to use characters that are positioned differently on different language keyboards or on different brands eg. the character \ is easy to find on a PC but difficult to find on a Mac.
In one of the biggest data breaches in banking history, JP Morgan reported that the records of 83million customers and small businesses have been compromised in a cyber attack in the summer.
Hackers, thought to be based in Southern Europe, accessed around a dozen JP Morgan servers and gained access to the names, addresses, telephone numbers and email addresses of swathes of its customers, the bank said. They are not thought to have accessed customers’ account details or Social Security Numbers, and JP Morgan said it has not seen any unusual customer fraud related to the incident.
Analysts report that this is not a one-off incident. There have been several recent cyber attacks on American financial institutions and banks are under pressure to improve security, not only due to the threat of a breach hitting their reputation, but also because it can affect their bottom line.
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