Hacking has been happening for many years but seems to happen more often at the moment. Since the start of the year, hacking has reached the headlines too many times to keep track of since so many big-name companies are being targeted. It increases the need for extra security on your part to keep your cloud details safe. Here are some tips to help you.
Change Your Password Regularly
It is easy to keep the same password. You will eventually remember it instead of having to work it out each time – and that’s if you choose something that is harder to work out and not something easily connected to you. The problem is that if you stick to the same password the whole time, it makes it easier for hackers to guess and get your details.
Changing your password regularly limits the number of access hackers has. You should change your password at least once every three months. If you know that you have been a target of hacking – or a website that your details are on have – change it more regularly and as soon as you find out.
Choose Something Unrelated to You
Some of the more common passwords are words or number combinations related to you, such as your date of birth, mother’s maiden name or place of birth. They are all pieces of information others can find out about you and are easy to guess. To make your password stronger and protect your cloud details, you need to choose something completely unrelated.
The best passwords are just random letters and numbers with some special characters. Avoid “password” or number combinations like “1234”.
Make Your Passwords Strong
Numbers, letters and special characters mixed together make the strongest passwords. You can use special characters and numbers in place of letters. For example, the word “password” could be turned into “p4s$w0Rd”.
However still using words or phrases to do this makes it easier for hackers to guess. They have software that runs through dictionaries and uses common phrases to break into accounts. Random numbers and letters together are much stronger because they are harder to guess. The problem is that they are harder for you to remember and you should never store your passwords anywhere. Find a way to remember your passwords and usernames.
Limit the Information Stored
One way to protect yourself more is by limiting the amount of information stored on the cloud. Don’t put anything there that can lead to financial and security risks. This is harder than you may think since identity fraud can be committed with just a person’s name and address. You may find it better to store information over a series of cloud services – they’re not all going to be hacked at the same time. You need to be well-organized for this to work so think carefully about it and set up a schedule you can follow.
Keep an Eye on the News
Always check the technology news to see if new hacking attempts have happened and be careful when you receive emails. Many companies will email you with information regarding your account, especially if they have been hacked, but you need to know the type of information that they will ask you for. You may find that the hackers email you in an attempt to get more of your details. Never give your password out or click links in emails. Genuine companies will ask you to go to their website (without the link) to change your password or solve the issue.
The cloud is a great way to sync devices together but hacking does happen. You need to protect yourself as much as possible, by using strong passwords and changing them regularly. Try to limit the amount of information stored about you or your business online so that there is little to get should a hacker make you a victim.