Do you use the same login & password for all accounts?

Ramnit Worm Threatens Online Accounts and Targets Facebook Seeking Log-in Credentials.

“We suspect that the attackers behind Ramnit are using the stolen credentials to log in to victims’ Facebook accounts and to transmit malicious links to their friends, thereby magnifying the malware’s spread even further,” says a blog posted on Seculert’s website Jan. 5. “In addition, cybercriminals are taking advantage of the fact that users tend to use the same password in various web-based services (Facebook, Gmail, Corporate SSL VPN, Outlook Web Access, etc.) to gain remote access to corporate networks.”

While it may be a pain, you need to have a different login and password for each site. Often you cannot have a different user name since you are forced to use your email. (Who wants to juggle multiple email accounts?) However, a different ‘strong’ password is a must in today’s cyber world.

A strong password is eight (8) characters or more with lower and UPPER case letters, numbers and special characters. Do not use dictionary words for passwords.

Protect your passwords like they are your cash because they are.

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About Bruce Demarest

Bruce Demarest is a Identity Theft Protection Specialist. He has designed and taught classes to educate individuals and businesses in identity theft risk management. The individuals have learned how to continuously monitor their financial identities from credit fraud, plus how to monitor their personal identifying information for unauthorized use. His business clients have become compliant with the federal & state privacy laws. He has conducted information security audits to identify their potential problems and has designed security policies, programs, and practices to address those problem areas.
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