Is your account used by someone?
Did you see any malicious activity through your account?
I think your User account got hacked! Don’t panic. There were some ways to protect your account from these hacking. We will discuss about it in this article.
Some Biggest password threats
The biggest password threat is phishing. This happens when you’re asked to give your password by a malware program. When this happens, a malicious program remembers the keystrokes when you type. It can also remember your password. This means you are in trouble as it doesn’t matter if you password was complicated or not!
The second biggest password threat is called ‘brute force’. This happens when hackers systematically try to fill in passwords on someone else’s login page. This can be prevented when the page only gives users a number of attempts to fill in a password, but unfortunately not all websites use this system. If they do then a complex password can protect you from getting hacked. Passwords are stored in a file by websites and if these files get stolen, then there is nothing you can do to protect your password. Simple passwords get hacked quickly, while complex passwords take a little more time to be revealed.
Often websites offer to remember login details and passwords for you. Don’t fall for this trick when you’re on a public computer that you share with others in a cafe, school or library. It is just not safe! If you have the choice then choose the computer you have at home.
Suggestions to protect your account from being hacked:
Create the perfect password
Many people make creating a good password far too complex. Others create a password that does not provide enough security. However, there is a simple way to create a perfect password that is easy to remember and will prevent you from online attacks. First let’s have a look at the biggest password threats!
How to create a good password
The most commonly used passwords are ‘password’ and 1234. These are bad choices because they are easy to hack. A perfect pas
sword consists of different numbers, a variety of characters and is lengthy. The difficulty with this is that it is quite difficult to remember, so it is a good idea to come up with a phrase. Use the first letter of every word in your password to come up with an acronym. For instance: the boxer left the ring to go out for a Coffee. When you capitalize some of the words, for instance all the nouns, you add a lot of strength and your password would look like this: tBltRtgofaC. Including symbols or numbers doesn’t make much difference however.
Always use different passwords!
When someone hacks your password and you use the same password for multiple accounts, then you make it very easy for a hacker to find out everything about you. Your private life and even you bank details are out in the open! It is therefore advisable to use different passwords for each site you use. When you want to check which of your passwords is the safest, there are different websites that provide this service. They offer you the chance to see how long it would to hack your password using ‘brute force’. When you play around with different characters and lengths you’ll see it becomes a lot more difficult to hack your password. Why don’t you give it a try!