This summer, the largest hacking incident in history was exposed as security analysts reported that a Russian cybercrime ring had collected well over a billion username and password combinations and more than 500 million email addresses. The analyst group that reported the theft confirmed the data was stolen from major corporate websites as well as small sites.
The Russian hacking incident is the largest ever reported, but it’s only the latest to make headlines. The Target data breach that involved 40 million customer accounts is still causing headaches for the retailer and its customers. Snapchat, Yahoo, Zappos and CNET are other popular online destinations that have experienced widely covered hacking incidents.
Given the prevalence of cybercrime, it’s not unreasonable to assume that virtually everyone will have their identity stolen at some point during their lifetime. If you manage a business, you’ll want to make sure you and your employees carefully guard client data. Here are 10 ways you can operate more safely online – whether you use the Internet for business, pleasure or both:
Passwords will remain the first line of defense for identity theft protection for the foreseeable future, so the most important thing you can do to protect yourself online is to make sure you use strong passwords and change them frequently. Password management software is a good option if you don’t want to deal with the hassle of creating and updating your own passwords; a password management solution can handle this for you securely and automatically.
But no matter which tactic you choose – creating and managing your own passwords or seeking automated support – make sure you follow these 10 cyber security tips to protect your identity. With each mass hacking incident, it seems more likely that everyone will fall victim to hackers at some point, but by using good cyber security practices, you can improve your odds.
About the Author: Bill Carey is Vice President of Marketing & Business Development at Siber Systems Inc., which offers the top-rated RoboForm Password Manager solution. Find out more about RoboForm at http://www.roboform.com/.
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