Staying proactive in your personal data security is of the utmost importance these days. Especially since so much of our lives revolves around the Internet. From social media interaction to remotely setting your thermostat, many of us are utilizing the web every day.
Despite one’s best efforts, sometimes a persistent hacker still finds a way to gain access to personal data. Just a few months ago, almost 2 million accounts from a handful of popular sites including Facebook, Google, Twitter, and Yahoo, had their usernames and passwords stolen. You can read the full article here. The affected users have been notified and their login information has been reset, but there is still some research to be done to find the source of the infection.
All that is known is that the usernames and passwords were stolen through the use of a virus that carried along keylogging software, named the Pony Botnet Controller. The virus could note what was being typed into the affected computers, therefore capturing login information. After gaining access to an account, there is the potential for the hacker to gain access to other associated accounts, credit card information, social security numbers, and other personal data.
Stay on your toes this holiday season, as many of you will be taking your gift shopping online! In general, creating solid passwords, being smart about what you click or download, and keeping all of your software up-to-date (not just your antivirus software) should put you at a good standing when it comes to the security of your personal data.
If by chance the computers at your business still manage to become compromised, Fire Pixel can help!