Four Important Steps to Do Right Now to Protect Yourself from Hackers
Although online information security is constantly improving, so are the tools and techniques of those that want to break that security and get your private information. Why does a hacker want your Facebook, Twitter or Gmail login information? What can they gain from being able to see my Yahoo emails?What Do Hackers Want from Me?
Hackers don’t care about reading your emails, or your latest tweet. They are hacking in to online companies to steal your personal information because there is a lucrative market for it on the dark web. Buying and selling personal information has become an industry, and business is booming. Hackers will try your stolen password on every banking, retail and investment website to see if you use the same password on other sites. Why do they bother to do this? Simple. It works.
They continue to get away with it because it’s very difficult for law enforcement to stop them. Most hacking operations are set up in countries that don’t have strong privacy laws, don’t have the resources to enforce them or don’t extradite to other countries.
What Can I Do to Protect Myself?
There are ways for each of us to do our part to protect ourselves and minimize the overall damage caused by high-profile data breaches:
- Use a different password for all your online accounts. It can be challenging to maintain multiple logins, but there are several tools available to do it for you. LastPass, 1Password and DashLane are just a few.
- Always use double authentication when available. This gives you an extra layer of protection from hackers by having you verify your identity when you log in. If the site you’re using offers it, use it.
- Use a phrase instead of a single word for your password. Think of something that is easy for you, but only you, to remember. What’s your favorite line from a movie? Your favorite inspirational quote? Favorite song title? Phrases are more difficult than words for hackers to compromise.
- If a service you’re a member of has a data breach, change your password immediately. If the website says your data was not compromised, change your password immediately. If the site says that it was a false alarm and that there was no data breach, you guessed it–change your password immediately.
Your personal data is very valuable to criminals. Please take these simple steps to help protect it. At First Nebraska Bank, your data security is very important to us. If you ever have any questions or concerns, please stop by your local FNB branch. We’ll be happy to discuss it with you.