How safe do you keep your credentials?

So I’ve noticed that a lot of us do not keep our credentials (Usernames, passwords, pins and others) safe from attackers and people who use remote access.

In fact, a few days ago, I discovered that my brother keeps some of his passwords and usernames in an un-encrypted text file. Which, if you ask me, is a pretty dumb thing to do. Considering the amount of malware he accidentally downloads regularly.

Also, many people do not truly know what a hacker is. Many people think a hacker is someone who logs into your account without permission or someone who guesses your password over and over again. Well, no. Hacking is the use of malicious software (Malware) to steal confidential data (aka credentials).

If the attacker does not use malware, then it is not hacking. It would probably be either Phishing or a Brute Force attack.

Summary

The best way to keep your credentials safe is to simply remember them and not store them anywhere. Don’t use password managers and don’t store them in text files or other documents like my brother did.

Also, always use a decent Anti-Malware / Anti-Virus program to keep you safe from ransomware, trojan backdoors and keyloggers. Some of the best programs to do that are listed below:

Kaspersky Internet Security, BitDefender Internet Security, Emsisoft Anti-Malware and Malwarebytes Anti-Exploit.

21/08/2015

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