Cyber Security: Evernote and Password Protection
In the recent Evernote security breach, there is an important lesson that cannot be stressed enough – users taking security into their own hands.
When you consider that most people use a common password on multiple sites, it is extremely important to be more diligent about your passwords.
What Can We Learn from the Evernote Data Breach?
Beyond the question of fault; however, users should take added security measures, in light of this and several other recent hacking incidents.
Using a “strong” password is not precaution enough; users must remain vigilant and act responsibly. Hackers work incessantly to infiltrate websites that host user data.
Additional Security Tips
- Change your password on a regular basis. Anywhere from every 90 days to 120 days.
- Choose a strong password that includes at least one alphabetic, numeric and special character. Most sites look for passwords between 6 and 8 characters.
- Do not use the same password for multiple accounts. Or create tiers of passwords; eg banks or financial passwords are most limited in use, social media might be less so, and shopping sites that store your credit card might be another tier.
- Use a unique password for the email address listed as your password recovery address. Also use a unique password for your social media accounts.
“There are only two types of companies those that have been hacked and those that will be.”
Robert Mueller, Director, FBI, keynote speech at the RSA conference, March 2012.
Evernote detected this breach and took steps swiftly. Nonetheless, as hackers escalate their approach, it is imperative that users take extra precaution to protect digital assets and personal information.
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