How not to get hacked in 2019
A guide to all the latest cyber criminal tricks, and how to beat them
Data breach disasters
You can take all the care in the world to safeguard your password, and make sure you're the only person in the whole world that knows it - but that's not going to make one blind bit of difference if one of the online services you use accidentally leaks it to the world.
It's alarmingly common for hackers to secretly infiltrate the servers of well known companies and make off with vast databases of usernames and passwords. The attackers can then try and use those username and password combinations to access other services like banking sites or email accounts.
Unfortunately, because a lot of people re-use the same credentials between services, this often works - and it's made even easier by the fact that these databases of emails and passwords are available to purchase for comparatively tiny sums on dark web marketplaces and hacker forums.
The fix: Use a password manager
It's not always possible to prevent your password from falling into the wrong hands, but you can make sure that hackers can't use it to access other services with a couple of easy methods. The first is to use a password manager like Dashlane or LastPass, which stores all your passwords for you in a secure vault.
This means that, because you don't have to remember each password yourself, you can use a different complex password for each of your accounts. Many password managers will also help you generate complicated alphanumeric passwords, which are harder for hackers to guess. LastPass will even audit all your passwords to tell you which ones you've reused over multiple services and help you quickly change them.
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