Protecting Your Accounts From Cyber Thieves

 

Regardless of how “cybersecure” you think you, it’s probably more likely than not that you have some vulnerabilities. In just about every hacker-report, from companies like Digital Defense, there are sections that detail how someone’s poor cybersecurity could lead to serious problems. This is because for every step you take to secure your personal or company information, hackers are working on several methods of cracking those safeguards.

Cybersecurity is not just a personal issue, it also concerns businesses and governments. The headlines confirm this nearly every day. Security experts estimate that cybercrime fraudsters send upwards of 34 trillion emails per year; 94 billion per day. 90 percent of all spam carries malicious attachments or dangerous links aimed at stealing money. And we all know someone whose email was hacked, credit or bank account falsely used or identity stolen. Experts say there’s a new victim every two seconds, and those statistics don’t include large organizations whom would rather not be included in those numbers.

A New Level Of Defense Is Required

You probably have so many accounts on the internet that you can’t even remember them all. Most people have between 25 to 50 different accounts with various websites, services and social media platforms, and that’s a lot of passwords. It’s more than likely you are using the same easy-to-remember passwords for nearly all of your sites, and that’s a problem.

If a hacker can figure out the password to your primary email account, they probably can now break into most of the other sites. Having different passwords is essential for securing your accounts. More importantly, if you adopt a new level of secrecy in a few critical aspects of your life, you can boost your security that you’ll be safe from fraud.

Create A Secret And Separate Email For Financial Accounts

Secrecy is an essential ingredient to a stronger more secure digital life. Becoming more private, and more discreet is a must. For many of us, we have one primary email address, whether it’s personal or business, that unlocks all of our digital life. Once a cyber thief cracks our email account open, it can link to other accounts. Also, a break-in of your primary email account exposes all of your correspondence, names, addresses, phone numbers that you’ve used among friends and acquaintances, and even pictures and videos. It’s a treasure trove.

Just think how many databases have your primary email address. Now think how many different accounts are linked to that primary email account. If your privacy is loss, due to a hacker breaking into an organization’s data storage, then they have a lot of your information. You an always start a new email address with a super-secret password to be used only for your financial life. This helps to start a new level of defense.

Creating A Safe Poetic Password

Experts say the key to creating a cybersafe password is to make it mnemonic – a pattern of letters, ideas, or associations that assist in remembering something. Many teenagers do this today to help them recall something learned or listened to. Let’s say you live in New York City, but you are a native Californian, and your building number is 402, and your area code is 212. You could pair together a set of letters and numbers that make your password strong. For example, NYC402212cali; it would be easier for you to remember because it means something to you, but tough for a hacker. There are plenty of simple, effective, and realistic methods of boosting your security that you can achieve quickly. You just need to learn and implement these recommendations.