If you think that it is only big companies whose accounts get hacked, you are wrong. SMBs are also increasingly being targeted by hackers and it pays to prevent your data from being accessed by these malicious parties. Do you have the resources to recover your data or systems from a big attack? Regardless of the data recovery options you may have in place, you must take the necessary precautions to protect your passwords from hackers.
When hackers finally access your website or any other online accounts, any other vital information you have online is at risk. This can include your credit card data, home and work address, confidential business data and other personal information. This makes the case for prevention even more important than data recovery.
How to Protect Your Passwords from Being Hacked
Most hackers have an easy time cracking simple, easy-to-guess passwords and usernames. The first and basic step to protecting your online information or accounts is using hard-to-guess and secure passwords.
Here are three ways you can make it difficult for hackers to crack your passwords:
1. Change Passwords Often
Internet security experts recommend that users should change their passwords at least once every month. This is particularly so if you have to give both your username and password to a technical support team. Most online membership sites make it mandatory for their members to change their usernames and/or passwords within specific time periods.
Changing username and passwords often makes it difficult for hackers to access your accounts. This is because by the time they get to know your username and/or password, you will have already changed them to another combination, thereby leaving them at square one.
2. Use Apps for Password Protection
Whether your accounts have been hacked or not, use password protection apps to keep your data safe. Some of the popular password generators and organizers include LastPass, Wolfram Password Generator, MSecure, 1Password Pro and Memorable. Some of these apps generate passwords in multiple languages, making it difficult for hackers to crack them.
Most password protection apps do the following:
• Automatically save the passwords for you, thus eliminating the need to back up the password offline or in other places.
• Generate new strong passwords for your online accounts.
• Identify weak and duplicate passwords in your online accounts, enabling you to secure your information better.
• Input passwords for you when you visit password protected sites or apps that require you to log in.
• LastPass remembers passwords on mobile devices and comes with a free trial. If you are always on the move and cannot carry your PC along, there are a number of good iPad password apps that you can use to increase the security of your online accounts.
3. Turn Off Remote Login
Secure Shell (SSH) enables users to execute commands remotely, making another computer perform various actions. To execute these commands, the PC’s remote login has to be enabled. Remote login uses desktop sharing software that allows access of your PC hard drives, software and data from an Internet connected device. Disabling remote login means no one can remotely access the PC.
You should turn on the remote login only when you need it and limit the time its stays on. Some desktop sharing software will also alert you whenever a remote user wants to access your PC. Be cautious with the users you allow to access your PC.
Follow the above three tips to deter hackers and protect your online personal and business accounts. Remember to back up important data regularly just in case the unexpected happens and your passwords get hacked.