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Wednesday, August 6, 2014

Another Massive Security Breach

It's in the headlines again!  Another massive security breach where possibly more than a billion internet credentials were stolen.  Read the entire article here

The particulars of this latest breach have not yet been made public.  The initial reports are that the majority of the information stolen is related to email accounts for possible use to send spam and possible malware.  But it could be much more sinister.


What should you do?


The first thing you should do is change the passwords on your online accounts.  This is a good practice to do every 6 months or so anyway. Yes, it's a pain.  But much less painful than having your identify or assets stolen. 


DO NOT use the same password on all accounts!  That cannot be overstated.

There are password management tools such as LastPass.com that can definitely make the management of your passwords easier.  There is a learning curve on that tool, like most tools, but it's pretty intuitive and once you've learned it, you'll love the ease of changing passwords often yet not having to remember all of those different passwords.  It's well worth the premium price of $12 a year. 

Secondly, for all the online accounts you have that offer a two-factor authentication, which is the ability to require an access code in addition to a login and password, turn it on!  Most banks and other financial institutions, along with companies like Google, Facebook and even SafelyFiled, offer this extra level of security.  In our case, you can turn this on to be "always" required, meaning every time you log into your account you will also need an access code, or "only from public computer" which means if you log in from a computer or smart phone different than one you've identified as a private one, you will then need the access code.

The New York Times just released a good article regarding what you need to know about keeping your data out of the hands of the hacker. > Read more.....
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What is SafelyFiled doing?


We are doing the same thing you should be doing.  We are reviewing our online vulnerabilities.  Our main infrastructure does not allow access with only a password.  We are in the process of reviewing the subsidiary services that we rely on and updating passwords and enabling two-factor authentication where available and not yet enabled.

Share this blog with your loved ones and use social media to get this information out.   Taking proactive measures now can save a lot of heartache later.

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