As video meeting platforms like Zoom become more popular during the COVID-19 pandemic, they become bigger targets for cybercriminals. Is your Zoom account secure?
The cyber risk assessment firm Cyble has discovered more than half a million stolen Zoom credentials being sold on the Dark Web for almost nothing. The stolen info included usernames, passwords, meeting IDs, and host keys.
It’s entirely possible – the most vulnerable users are those that haven’t changed their passwords on a regular basis, or that have reused passwords between accounts.
For example, say a site you’ve signed up for and made purchases from, or planned to make purchases from, gets hacked. That login info is then sold on the dark web to cybercriminals. If you happen to repeat your passwords between accounts, one compromised account could compromise many more.
The good news is that there’s a simple way to protect against this – change your passwords on a regular basis. It doesn’t matter if a hacker has an old password from three years ago from that website you don’t use. That is, so long as you don’t use the same password for everything, and also, that you update your passwords.
The key is to make sure you’re updating your passwords, using unique passwords for each account, and making sure they’re strong enough:
If you’re not repeating passwords, then you won’t be vulnerable to further breaches when a hacker gets your info. But that’s easier said than done, right?
It may be nearly impossible to do on your own, which is why you should use a Password Manager. A password manager generates, keeps track of and retrieves complex and long passwords for you to protect your vital online information.
It also remembers your PINS, credit card numbers and three-digit codes if you choose this option. Plus, it provides answers to security questions for you. All of this is done with strong encryption that makes it difficult for hackers to decipher.
In the end, creating, updating, and managing strong passwords can be frustrating, but it’s incredibly important. Privacy and security are major concerns for personal users and businesses alike these days, and so users have to be sure that they aren’t making it easy for hackers to access their private data.
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April 21, 2020
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