Wednesday, June 13, 2018

I've been HACKED!

Folks, one of my many accounts was hacked. Thankfully, I manage to get it back but many aren't so lucky. I still have no idea what that hacker took from me if anything...
It's my fault. While my password wasn't listed on the most used passwords list it was still a fairly simple one. It followed none of the strong password guidelines as defined by IT security experts.

Nobody is 100% safe from an hacker that knows what he's doing but there are steps that we can take to make it more difficult.

Common Guidelines*
  • Use a minimum password length of 8 or more characters if permitted.
  • Include lowercase and uppercase alphabetic characters, numbers and symbols if permitted.
  • Generate passwords randomly where feasible.
  • Avoid using the same password twice (e.g., across multiple user accounts and/or software systems).
  • Avoid character repetition, keyboard patterns, dictionary words, letter or number sequences, usernames, relative or pet names, romantic links (current or past) and biographical information (e.g., ID numbers, ancestors' names or dates).
  • Avoid using information that is or might become publicly associated with the user or the account.
  • Avoid using information that the user's colleagues and/or acquaintances might know to be associated with the user.
  • Do not use passwords which consist wholly of any simple combination of the aforementioned weak components.

I have learned from my mistake and I'm hopeful you have too. Update your password with stronger ones:TODAY!

*Guidelines can be found here:

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