It recently made the news that the popular cloud storage company Dropbox had been hacked, and over 68 million user passwords were published on the internet. Although the attack took place in 2012 it is believed that many users have not changed their passwords since them – and as some share login details with multiple websites they could be at significant risk of being hacked as a result.
Why You Should Not Reuse Passwords
It appears that the breach happened because a Dropbox employee had used the same password on his work account as he used for his LinkedIn profile – and a huge number of passwords were stolen from the popular social networking site. By trying these passwords on different sites the criminals behind the hack were able to login to Dropbox’s server and download the data.
Password Security Best Practice
Whether this data breach affected you or not, it is always a good idea to change your password on a regular basis. You should never use the same password on multiple sites, as if one of them is compromised then it could put all of the rest of your data at risk. Don’t put your business at risk by using the same passwords at work as at home. Security experts recommend using a password manager to store your passwords, so you can use a standard password but the software generates a random one that is sent to the website itself.
- Don’t use a password that can be guessed – such as a name, date of birth or place name
- Never share your password with anyone else
- Make sure your password is at least -10 characters long
- Use at least one uppercase character and symbol (!@£$%^&*)
Need more advice on how to keep your business data safe from hackers? Call Digitalquill today on 01482 424402, email firstname.lastname@example.org or visit www.digitalquill.co.uk for more information.