An open database has been found with over 380 million records including log-in details and other data related to Spotify. The research team investigating the hack has predicted that between 300,000 and 350,000 people may have been affected by this. The reason that Spotify was targeted was due to the fact that many of its users have weak, insecure passwords.
“The research also mentions that this is a common tactic used by hackers and companies cannot do anything as it depends on a user’s password strength”Vineet Washington
Spotify has reacted quickly to this issue and has begun resetting its customer’s passwords making them stronger and more secure. But you can also ensure all your passwords for all accounts are strong to protect yourself, here’s what we recommend makes a secure password.
The first thing you should do is choose three random words to include in your password. Having three random words makes it hard for people to guess. We always recommend that you don’t use your name within the password as names are commonly used within passwords and therefore a hacker’s first choice when trying to access your account.
Using numbers and special characters in random places within your password will make it stronger. Try to avoid using dates or key numbers that could be linked back to you personally as these are less secure.
Try to have different passwords for different accounts. Having the same password for all your accounts makes them more vulnerable. If a hacker gets into one he can get into all therefore it’s good practice to use different passwords for different logins.
Where available use two-factor authentication. This may not be available for all accounts however for the ones that do have it, it gives you an extra layer of protection than just your password.
Finally, make sure all your data is backed up. If a hacker manages to gain access to your personal information then it could get stolen, lost, or damaged. By having a copy of it all it ensures that you don’t lose anything vital.
For help with securing your accounts and keeping them safe give WiseGuys a call 0808 123 2820, we’re always here to help!