Tech Tips for Non-Tech People!
Original Air Date: Sep 9, 2016
Stolen Password Databases
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Data breaches can be tracked back to the late 1800’s from news articles about thieves stealing important records, so they’re nothing new.
Cyber-thieves go where the data lives and the last couple of years have been some of the worst on record based on the volume of records exposed by data breaches.
What’s very important to understand is that when your account information is ever breached, you can’t ever use the associated password ever again.
The underworld started compiling huge databases of stolen passwords long ago, because they know that a large number of users will use the same password on many online accounts.
When they target a site, they don’t have to guess what a password might be, they can just cross reference the hashed password against the stolen password database.
Knowing if your accounts have ever been breached is important, so there are couple of web resources posted at DataDoctors.com/radio that will allow you to check to see if you’re e-mail address or username is part of the known breached accounts
Using long unique passwords on every site is key, so on Monday, I’ll share password management tips with you.