In light of the recent Yahoo hacking incident, which affected around 500 million Yahoo email accounts, we think it's about time that everyone took necessary precautions in order to protect themselves in the cyber universe.
Last September 22, Yahoo announced a data breach of their users' email accounts. Details such as names, email addresses, telephone numbers, dates of birth, and security questions were stolen. Luckily, other sensitive details such as credit card numbers were not included in the hacking.
So why was Yahoo hacked? It's still not clear why, since Yahoo hasn't released any details about the incident. The official statment of Yahoo, however, states that one possible motive is that the hacker is trying to sell Yahoo accounts on the Internet.
Since the incident, Yahoo has advised all users to change their password. But for extra precaution, here are some tips on how to hack-proof your own personal accounts:
1. Secure your password
According to IT expert Mark Franklin Y. Galang, make sure your password is difficult enough so it can't be hacked but still easy for you to remember. "It's also important to have different passwords per account. Having the same password for every site you log on to will make it easier for hackers to access your accounts."
2. Mix characters
"It's important to make use of the upper and lower cases as well as mixing in numbers and special characters," Galang adds. This, he says, automatically strengthens the quality of your password.
3. Make it a habit to change your password
"Do it at least every month or every other month," he explains. This is quite a lot, but it's a small price to pay in order to protect your precious personal details and accounts from being breached.
4. Avoid apps or other websites where you are asked for your password
Are you familiar with those Facebook games where you are redirected to other websites and asked for your Facebook password? Those are the type of sites to avoid according to Galang. "Just keep your password on the website where you originally registered it."
5. Avoid logging in on numerous devices
"Don't make it a habit to log in using multiple devices, especially if the gadget or computer is not your own. There's a thing called keyloggers, which is used to legally monitor network usage and fix technical problems with computers, specifically in business networks," Galang explains. Keyloggers can record your username and password just by tracing the keys you've struck on your keyboard.