Yesterday the media released information about a Russian crime ring gathering 1.2 Billion Internet username/password combinations and 500 million email addresses by hacking into 420,000 websites.
Please be aware that while this is newsworthy, these types of hacking activities are going on constantly, but the vast majority never make the news. As hacking has become an ever-greater threat. If you are a T-Care subscriber, the risk to your business network is small and we don’t show any evidence of T-Care networks being compromised. While there is nothing you can do to prevent your username and password from being stolen from another website, you can minimize your risk by:
- Never use the same username and password for your network on any Internet site.
- Use different passwords every site. If you haven’t heard my easy formula to do that, contact me. I haven’t known anyone to forget all their website passwords yet.
- Change passwords for secure websites on a regular basis. About every 90 days is a good–every year at least.
- Be aware that it is common to try and trick you into providing your username and password by faking an email from a trusted source (i.e. your bank). Don’t fall for it. If you get an email suggesting that your account has been compromised, be immediately suspicious. DO NOT CLICK ANY LINKS IN THE EMAIL OR OPEN ANY ATTACHMENTS. Most of these emails are fakes and will either steal your login information or infect your computer with a virus.
If you have any concerns or questions about your network or internet security, please don’t hesitate to contact us at 503.363.2693.