Why Changing Your Passwords is Important
As you may have heard from the recent MySpace hacking, you should be aware of how important it is to change your current passwords, especially private ones. It has been a standard practice for years, a hacker's first move after connecting a password to an email or username, is to seek out other accounts, such as email. Most people use their email address for several websites; think of the risk there is of using the same password for your bank account as for your email? Protect yourself and change your passwords!
If you used MySpace or even if you still do, then you should change your passwords for accounts you have to reduce the risk of someone hacking your accounts and getting a hold on your important data. More people have been affected by this hack than you think.
The data is several years old, although it appears prior June 11th 2013 was when the site was relaunched with added security. So if you used the same password and username combination for more than one account before this point then you could be at risk. Myspace is working with law enforcement as this case is still under investigation, the company says.
When logging into an account from anywhere, don't forget to tick the 'do not save' box, as this is the safest option when it comes to logging in from a device you don't normally use.
We all know how tempting it is to use the same password on every account, whether it's for computers and network equipment or online accounts, its agreed it is much easier to remember a single one. However as soon as someone figures out the password for one account, you have then given them the access to every account you have. So by changing your password to something unique and different to the other accounts, if someone was to ever hack you they cannot use it for anything else.
By changing your password every couple of months, you reduce the risk of someone snooping or stealing your information from your account over a period of time without you even realising.
If you were to ever switch computers with other people or sell your computer without reformatting the hard drive, then it is possible that anyone who uses that computer will have access to your saved passwords. By updating your passwords regularly, even if someone was to find your old password, it will no longer be relevant or useful.
When choosing a good password, quality is better than quality. Avoid using simple words and phrases. Hacking programs are capable of guessing passwords by combining random words and phrases together, as well as any information relevant to you. To combat this, avoid using any personal information such as dates, addresses or names. If you do decide to do this, then deliberately make them grammatically incorrect to avoid guessing.