If the answer is yes, we are very worried. The problem lies within the fact you may be relying on the one security feature.

Following the latest worldwide incidents, there has been a focus on hackers trying to attain customer information. This often contains, names, email addresses, passwords and any vital information that can cause monetary gain or reputational advantage.

So who is responsible? Surely, it is the corporation’s fault for not protecting your data correctly? Partly, you would be correct. The initial hack means you have been personally violated and you have had the inconvenience of having to change all your details. On the other hand, have you considered what ramifications could still transpire?

This blog post may not be relevant to you if you have basic cyber security in place already. However, the vast majority of Internet users fail to comply to basic cyber security and password rules.

A password should be seen like a toothbrush. You should always use your own, make sure it is tough to break and you change it regularly. Following this rule instantly reduces the headache of the above scenario. This instantly reduces the power that any criminal holds over you once they have accessed your data.

Control your own data. Use separate passwords for each platform you use. As stated above, it is an inconvenience to routinely change your passwords in order to stay safe online and it may well not be your fault that your data has been leaked online. The issue we face is the fact that if you use a singular password for all your online accounts, you are no longer challenging the hacker. You are compromising each of your accounts.

Once a basic hack has taken place and they have identified your login details (username/email and password) it is likely they now have access to your social media sites, your personal emails and through a little web search, your work based platforms.

Solving this issue by using multiple passwords instantly reduces the knock on effect one data breach may cause you. Storing and remembering multiple passwords is an inconvenience, on the other hand, it is certainly less convenient than regularly changing all your passwords once it has been leaked.

Nowadays, there are various tools to simplify the process, and often for free. This is why we suggest using a password manager. Not only do they create truly random passwords for your online accounts, they also store them, autofill forms via your cache and reduce the amount of passwords you need to just one. The one to log in to your password manager tool.

Think about it, this one tool could save you from a huge data leak headache.

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