Online Security is important for all remodeling contractors for both business and personal reasons. Since all of Continuum’s clients have online accounts from multiple companies, and we know that not all our clients use highly secure passwords or use other means to protect their online information, we assembled these few article links from the NY Times that we thought were eye-opening and useful.
Since all of Continuum’s clients have online accounts from multiple companies, and we know that not all our clients use highly secure passwords or use other means to protect their online information, we assembled these few article links from the NY Times that we thought were eye-opening and useful.
This first article is about the recently disclosed Yahoo hack. We know some of our clients have personal Yahoo accounts, but Yahoo is not the only company that has had its user information accessed. And like Yahoo, many companies don’t let users know their info has been compromised until long after it has been accessed.
This next article is an online/interactive tool that lists many of the recent companies that have been hacked and by selecting the major organizations you do business with it calculates what information of yours may have been compromised. It’s a bit disturbing.
These articles from 2015 and 2016 have similar names but are not the same article. They have to do with what you should and can do if you find your info has been compromised. Both have useful info.
The following video has some good ideas about creating hard to crack passwords and other online security tips. (It’s worth having to watch the commercial before the video begins. You can skip through the second half of the commercial if you click the skip ad link when it says you can.)
The “sentence” idea in this video is good for creating hard to crack passwords you can remember. But you can take it a bit further. You should also use a mix of upper case and lower case letters as well. You should also either start with difference sentences for each account or and modify the sentence in some way for each account you use. You may want to mix into the sentence strategy something about the specific account you can remember and then add it to the video’s sentence idea. Perhaps use the name or initials or something else about the site and/or account modify it and then use it as part of your sentence*.
*For example if using the video’s tip your sentence turns into “TBBa3CP4i3D$F!”. And if the site and account you are using is for a First Bank of New York City and it is a savings account add to the “TBBa3CP4i3D$F!” , FBoNyC$. You can add it to the beginning end, middle, after X number of characters, etc. So it could look like TBBa3CP4i3D$F!FBoNyC$.
Also using some of the password vault type products mentioned in the articles like LastPass and others is a very good idea. But…even some of them have been hacked. But using the same product, after changing your user password to that password tool, some of the programs will help you automatically and quickly change all the passwords for all your accounts.