BEWARE! online password “megabreaches”

BEWARE! Recently there has been a large number of “Megabreaches” of online accounts. Be sure to update your passwords and don’t re-use them anywhere or use a similar formula that could be guessed. Recently accounts on Tumblr, MySpace, LinkedIn and Fling (*1) have all been targeted and passwords being sold on darkweb forums, with an estimated 642 million compromised accounts. TeamViewer are currently being targeted with these stolen account details with reports of a significant number of accounts being compromised due to password re-use (*2).

If you wish to check to see if your account has been compromised a tool exists here: https://haveibeenpwned.com/ – it will only ask for your username. As usual, never give out, or enter, your passwords to anyone, or anywhere, other than the original location they were used. This website also allows you to receive emails to alert you if your details are included in future breaches. This service alerted a member of our staff last week regarding the previous LinkedIn breach.

Make sure you do not fall victim by resetting your passwords if you have an account with any of these services and make sure you use a different password for every account.

There are also a large number of people using very similar and unsecure passwords – such as the names of Keswick landmarks. We suggest using random words, numbers and symbols that can’t be guessed. If you want help generating passwords, you could use something like;  http://correcthorsebatterystaple.net/

For more advice and help with staying safe on the web, contact info@kcssolutions.co.uk


(*1) http://arstechnica.com/security/2016/05/cluster-of-megabreaches-compromise-a-whopping-642-million-passwords/

(*2) http://arstechnica.co.uk/security/2016/06/teamviewer-users-hacked-but-how/