Here is something very disturbing.
Every year, a weekly conference is held, called DEF CON
This is for the world’s hackers to get together and discuss how they are going to hack websites, accounts, emails, – YOU.
It is a huge conference. It is BIG business, with billions of pounds to be made, out of people like me and you.
Simple passwords are so easy to hack. If a website (Google, Facebook, online accounts etc.) is storing your password, it is generally stored in the form of a hash (a way of securing passwords based upon maths).
A hash is also a way of scrambling passwords. so if you know the trick, it is simple to find and unscramble it. I would liken it to hiding a key to your front door under a stone. If the burglar knows roughly where to look, he will find it.
Therein lies a challenge. you then have to try and remember the impossible to remember password. It’s not going to happen, is it?
so the thing that you need to do, and do as fast as possible to protect yourself from having your online accounts drained, your amazon account hacked, your life wrecked – is to get a password manager.
For example, we use the Last Pass which we think is brilliant. It is also free.
There are loads of other ones – Dashlane, Keeper, KeePass, Roboform, 1Password etc (google them). Heres’ how they work:
You set up an account with them with 1 main, very hard to guess password that only means something to you
Let’s say I wanted one for my wikaniko business. I start by writing it backwards, i.e., okinakiw. That means nothing to nobody, yet is still not too difficult for an experienced hacker to suss out. Then I change some bits, i.e.,
oKinAkiW . Better. Then I add some bits, i.e., £ oKin*AkiW%
You get the drift. I can remember that for the main password.
Then simply store all your passwords in the password manager. As long as you can recall the main one, the Last Pass, for example, fills the passwords in on websites for you, so they can be total gobbledegook, and totally unhackable. And if you are signing up for an account or something, the Last Pass will give it a gobbledegook password and save it for you.
You can also store the details of all your credit cards securely on the Last Pass. This is perfect for online shopping – and it is also perfect for recalling the details if someone steals your purse or wallet.
So now that you have some quiet time, please set it up. As the world goes into lockdown and starts to do more and more online, the hacker sharks will be circling, ready to empty the accounts of inexperienced homeowners, going online to do everything. At the moment, it is estimated that over a million pounds are hacked EVERY SINGLE DAY in the UK. Someone is losing their money – it all depends on whether you are going to be the next victim, or get smart and prevent it from happening.
Check out how easy it is to use below and then set it up. I guarantee that if you don’t, there will be tears later on – and you try finding a sympathetic online bank person to try and help you out, especially in the current staffing crisis.