Online Security

Security online is really something you need to take seriously. Your login details to any online service should be ‘very secure’. So what is very secure and is it really necessary?

When i say very secure i really mean something like this Ad5h*tGx6rX – how horrible is that? well yes that’s the whole point, its much harder for any human or computer program to work out that login password than say the sometimes used ‘password01’ which is really terrible. Even your name and a few numbers after it is really useless. Remember its not just humans guessing your details its computer programs coded to try thousands of combinations a minute and they run until they crack your details or they run out of possible combination that they have programmed in. This is where your super secure passwords beat the hacking program but your name + few numbers loses badly.

Ask yourself how good is your password? is it really easy to remember your password? is it a simple variation of your real name or business. If so you could be at risk a pretty major risk.

Or do you hate typing in your password each time, do you have to copy and paste it from a secure file location somewhere when you need it, does it really annoy you? if the answer to these are YES, then you are probably petty secure 🙂

Trying to save yourself a few moments of time by being lazy or not hurting your brain each time you log in really can ruin your business or life. The risk you can put yourself at is really serious, using the same passwords for most logins means if you get hacked then all your systems get hacked. If your email was to vanish in a day, years of email gone in a second how bad would that be and how bad would the effect be on your business?

As more and more business start using cloud services, security really is something to take deadly serious. Dropbox for example now have a two-step verification which is an optional but highly recommended security feature that adds an extra layer of protection to your Dropbox account. Once enabled, Dropbox will require a six-digit security code in addition to your password whenever you sign in to Dropbox or link a new computer, phone, or tablet. Full link to that article here: https://www.dropbox.com/help/363/en

You should also 100% have an anti-virus program running on your computer and firewall program. Keep these up to date. I personally like the paid for version of AVG but there are lots out there, Norton, McAfee etc.

If you do nothing else please just think about your logins and ask yourself as a responsible person, are my logins really as secure as they should be.