The BBC are reporting that the entertainment retailer CEX have had customer passwords stolen in a Cyberattack.

CEX Cyber Attack – Why you should change passwords regularly

The second-hand video games and gadget retailer says it is working with police after up to two million of its customers have data stolen in the online breach. The stolen data includes customers’ names, addresses, email addresses, phone numbers and credit card information.

Best Practice For Passwords

passwordsOne of the most common ways people put their IT security at risk is through insecure passwords. Many people use simple passwords and share them across sites. As a result, a breach of passwords from one company could put you at risk if that password allows access to other websites too.

Researchers recently looked at over 2 million passwords that had been leaked online and made a “Worst Passwords List”. This list highlights the passwords people are using most often. These are easy to guess and easy to crack.

How to Choose a Secure Password

Password security is simple when you follow some basic advice:

  • Make passwords a minimum of 8-characters long. Every extra character makes it harder for automatic systems to guess them.
  • Don’t use a single dictionary word (like “bulldozer”) or a commonly-used phrase (like “letmein”).
  • Make your password difficult to guess but not so hard you forget it yourself. Determined criminals can easily work out your date of birth, your favourite food, pet’s name, by searching social media. It is best to restrict any personal information on Facebook, LinkedIn etc. or leave it off altogether.
  • Don’t use the same password on more than one website. One password breach will then make many more accounts insecure. You could append the website name to your secure password to help you remember it.
  • Use two-step verification wherever you can (e.g. having a text sent to your phone with a log-in code.)
  • Keep your operating system and software up to date.
  • Be wary of emails and websites that look suspicious – if in doubt, don’t click links.
  • Install an antivirus program such as AVG on your computer. We can supply AVG to businesses at a low price.

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