Security precaution: update your passwords

secureThe only way to stay safe on the internet is by helping each other minimize security risks. So as a precaution, I want to make you aware of a situation that could possibly affect you.

There are currently several databases available on the internet containing personal data such as e-mail addresses, user names and associated passwords. Lately, our security teams have noticed an increase in attacks attempted by unauthorized parties using this data.

In order to protect yourself, we recommend everyone to take the following actions if you haven’t done so already:

  1. Check if your e-mail address appears in a leaked database: https://haveibeenpwned.com
  2. Update the associated password(s)
  3. If you share passwords across services and haven’t updated them recently, you should do so immediately

Even if you don’t appear in any database it’s still advisable to change your passwords regularly.

Stay safe and help spread the word. For more security best practices, I recommend watching this presentation:

One Response to “Security precaution: update your passwords”

  • Fred,
    With interest I have seen your comment in Computable and your blog.
    To support each other to minimize the security risks, security awareness for management and staff is a critical factor. Frequently offering security focussed questions can be more successful and easy to work with for the target audience then workshops or e-learning. Users learn mobile and it can thus be everywhere: at home, on the road, in the workplace, and so on. Security awareness training based upon continues learning can help strengthen the organization by educating management and employee’s about internal security threats and how effective behaviour can assist in reducing this threat. Our offering the Security Awareness App might interest you.

    Regards
    Marco van Rijn

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