BBB Warns Old Passwords Won't Hack It, Latest Breach Underscores Need for New Habits
August 12, 2014

Baltimore, MD - August, 12 2014 According to reports, a group of Russian hackers collected billions of passwords and personal information. Experts believe this to be the largest theft of information to date. There's a lot we still don't know about this breach. But we do know this won't be the last attack on your data. 

If you haven't already implemented a strategy for ongoing data protection, you need to get started.  

Why? Because there are things you can do to minimize your risk, but there's really nothing you can do to guarantee your information won't be compromised in the future. Therefore, BBB urges you to make identity theft protection a routine priority. You should be proactive and vigilant to minimize your risk and the consequences of identity theft for every member of your family by:

  • using strong passwords, with a combination of letters, numbers and symbols, consider phrases, song lyrics and other strings of easily remembered information
  • changing passwords frequently
  • adopting multiple passwords, so that no single password is used for every online account or website
  • seeking two-factor authentication whenever it's an option on websites and logins (2FA requires a second layer of information after your login and password are entered; even gas stations often require you enter your zip code after swiping your credit card - that's a form of 2FA)
  • monitoring your banking and credit card accounts frequently, if not daily
  • setting up automatic activity alerts on banking and credit card accounts so that you are notified every time a transaction is made
  • checking your credit reports and your children's credit reports for unauthorized activity. You can get one free credit report per person at www.annualcreditreport.com.
  • being careful about the types of information that you disclose online
  • installing and updating anti-spyware and anti-virus software on your computers
  • discussing identity theft and online security with every member of your family who uses the Internet, from the youngest to the oldest.
For more tips and information you can trust, visit bbb.org