Last week the internet giant Yahoo admitted that back in 2014, “state-sponsored” hackers stole data from their servers. The data included personal information on about 500 million users in what is being described as be the largest cyber-breach ever.
The stolen data includes not only names and email address, but also unencrypted security questions and answers – all of which is now on sale to the highest bidder. Over eight million user accounts in the UK are believed to have been compromised.
Don’t Rely on Free Internet Services
The hack serves as yet another reminder that businesses are unwise if they rely on large, public services such as these. After this, and the recent hack of Dropbox data, we have been contacted by dozens of concerned businesses who want a more secure solution to safeguard their precious business data.
Password Best Practice
It will not protect you from a hack where passwords are stolen in an unencrypted form, but password best practice is always important:
- Don’t use a password that can easily be guessed – such as a child’s name or date of birth
- Never share any of your passwords with anyone else
- Make sure your password is at least ten characters in length
- Use at least one uppercase character and symbol each time
Digitalquill – Internet Security Experts
Of course, most of us are not experts in the ins and outs of cyber security – and that is where we come in. Contact us for assistance with protection and prevention from hacking, malware, ransomware and viruses.
There are a few things that Digitalquill can do to help you keep yourself safe:
- Use a different PC for personal and business use if you are self-employed – we can supply and set up your business equipment
- Keep your business network and home network separate, and firewalled from each other – we can set up and manage this for you