We recently wrote about the phishing attempts branded to look like emails from the Canada Revenue Agency in our blog post here. That post brought to mind recent hacking successes. Within the last few months large companies including Comcast, SnapChat, Rogers and Adobe have all been hacked. At the time of the writing, that same morning, the Globe & Mail reported on another 700 Canadian credit cards being compromised at various POS machines in British Columbia and Quebec.
Hackers go after large corporations looking for valuable payment data, however they also go after individuals, because if they can recover some of your personal info, they can start down the road to credit card or identity fraud under your name.
We don’t want to be alarmists, but we want you to be safe.
The truth is, most of us don’t have strong enough passwords.
And most of us don’t change passwords frequently enough.
A strong password is your first line of defence. Make yours solid.
I’m sure you have, at some point, received spam from the personal email account of a client or friend, and had to alert them that their account was hacked. Perhaps nothing came of it, but those hacks can lead to big headaches. So let’s all change our passwords, shall we? It’s a great time to do it, since March is Fraud Awareness month. Anytime you log in to your online bank account this month, you will likely see a notice about fraud awareness. Do you part in prevention and change your passwords today.
Passwords Tips For Fraud Prevention
- Please choose strong passwords
and change them frequently (monthly or at least seasonally)* Password research has changed. Get your updated small business password policy guide here.
- Strong passwords would include a string or 3 or more random words, as well as some
mixed capitalization, numbers and symbols* Password research has changed. Get your updated small business password policy guide here.
- Never include birthdays or personal information as part of a password.
- Never use the same password for more than one website, service or account.
We know you’ve heard this type of good password advice before. Unfortunately, we all hear good advice that we ignore – be it password, diet, exercise or sleep related. We want to help you prevent a computer or network security breach, so we’d like to ask you to please take a moment to change your passwords for all your online accounts now. We recommend you download and read our small business password guide and review it with your entire team at your next team meeting, because your network is only as secure as it’s weakest link.
Change Your Passwords Now
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