The web and news sites are of full of the recent breaking story and updates about the hack of TalkTalk – the British provider of broadband services. Interest in the hack is very high – as are questions about password security.
One category of questions can be summarized as: I don’t have a TalkTalk account, so why should I even care? Here are 3 take-aways that are helpful for each and every one of us:
Even as security systems and process improve, hacks of businesses and corporations will happen (just like robberies will happen in the brick and mortar world in spite of locks and alarms). So, if any account can get hacked, what can a user do to protect himself/herself? A recent survey of professional IT managers shows the importance to security of having a unique password for each of our online accounts. By having a separate password for each site, we protect ourselves against a breached shared password from one site being misused on another site.
We need to pay attention to hacks and breaches that happen to our accounts. It’s a critical component of being cyber-aware! No one expects you to become an expert in cyber security, but by simply paying attention, you will be able to act quickly. Acting quickly is often the key to security by simply reacting in a timely manner: quick not hasty action. Once you know that one of your accounts is at risk, you can change passwords, close an account, monitor unauthorized activities, cancel credit cards, find new providers – whatever you think is right for you and your family.
Short of living off the grid, a password manager like Sticky Password is the best way to protecting all of your online accounts. By using a password manager, you have a much greater chance of having a strong, unique password for each one of your online accounts.