In case you missed it, last week the news was a buzz with how a new bug called Heartbleed has made millions of online accounts vulnerable to being hacked. And in the past 5 days I have been notified by two people that their accounts were hacked this past week. One was Facebook and the other an email account. So, I suggest you take this very seriously. You can read more about the details of the bug here, but more importantly, you need to take action and change your passwords, especially for any online banking and financial accounts, social media accounts and email accounts.
What a pain it is to do, right?
Follow these two steps and you won’t have to worry about getting hacked again.
1. Create complex, long password phrases for all online accounts.
The ideal password is both impossible to be hacked but also impossible for you to forget. The more complex and longer a password is, the harder it will be to hack. Think in terms of creating a pass phrase of non related words, and add capital letters and numbers or characters. It is the length of the password that is more important. Watch this short video (scroll down the page to the first video) for more information on how to create secure password phrases. (more…)