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My clients and colleagues know that I’m a stickler about online security. For WordPress security, there are several strategies I use to foil hackers. Friday’s announcement about the Twitter attacks affecting 250,000 users is sobering. In the case of Twitter’s online security breach, professionals used sophisticated methods to access sensitive information. Here are a few thoughts about keeping your Social Media passwords out of a hacker’s hands.
Online Security: It’s all about the passwords
- Use a System – meaning use a consistent format that uses a long combination of letters, numbers, and symbols. When you set up a format you can follow, it’s easy to create a robust password for online security. If that sounds too hard, use a password generator. LastPass not only stores passwords in a secure vault, it generates ones that are difficult to crack.
- Different Passwords for Different Platform – don’t use the same password (even if it’s robust one) for all your accounts. Yes, it may be easier for you to remember, but it also increases your risk exposure. Think of each password as an added layer of online security.
- Update Frequently – Changing passwords monthly or quarterly also limits your exposure.
What if these hackers actually used their considerable technical talent for good? Imagine an online world where our information was safe and we all sang “Kumbaya.”
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