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Securing Online Accounts After Mass Data Breaches

It seems as though every week a different company or social media platform has been hit by hackers, and millions of accounts are put at risk. Hackers frequently target social media platforms, claiming they have email addresses and passwords to sell on the dark web.

The account information acquired by these hackers is due to mass data breaches, where, according to Twitter, “attackers mine the exposed username, email and password data, leverage automation, and then attempt to automatically test this login data and passwords against all top websites.”

Unfortunately, there isn’t anyway to completely safeguard against hackers. However, you can improve the security of your accounts by using stronger passwords.

The Issues Around Passwords

As much as we’re unwilling to admit it, many of us use the same password for multiple accounts. We can all agree that it’s difficult to remember multiple passwords. The best passwords use at least 8 characters long and include a capital letter, number, and special character.

However, using the same password for multiple accounts or email addresses put you at a greater risk. Hackers will find it easier to gain access to all of your important information, including your bank details.

Proactively Protecting Against Data Breaches

Many websites are now taking the steps to automatically lock any accounts that have been affected, and according to TechCrunch many social media platforms are “introducing stronger encryption, email challenges and two-factor authentication”.

Two-factor authentication is an extremely reliable way to secure your online accounts; it adds an extra step to logging into your account that only you have access to. Some examples include using a card reader or sending a code to your mobile phone.

As soon as you hear data breaches on any platform you have an account with, you need to take action. Immediately make sure you change and create a stronger password, and take steps to add two-factor authentication. If you’re worried any of your accounts are a part of these data breaches, you can check by using a website called Have I Been Pwned?

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