Your Password to Web Security

Posted on February 03, 2010 by .

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After reading this post, you better think twice about using one password for all your web accounts.

Most Internet users have a small number of passwords, or perhaps even just one, which they use on every site that requires a username and password. There is no doubt that this is a bad idea, and Twitter tells a story of how this can be very dangerous.

Twitter reveals an old scheme for stealing user credentials, one built for BitTorrent sites. Someone has been creating canned Torrent site software as well as login capability for the torrents and for discussion forums. The software comes with backdoors and hidden exploits for hackers to take the user credential data from the system.

Therefore, if you use login details on one of those torrent sites, the hacker will assume that those details are used on other sites, like your Facebook or Twitter account.

Of course, this is nothing surprising, and nothing you haven’t heard before, but like the rest of us you probably tend to leave security best practices as your last task on your to-do list. Using different passwords, and making sure that their strong passwords, is one of the most important measures you can take to protect yourself.

Don’t wait for a hacker to take control of your accounts! Change your Facebook password and other other web accounts before you become the next victim of cybercrime.

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