Bohemia, NY (PRWEB) February 24, 2014
fishbat, a leader among online marketing companies, explains how the secret to password security could lie in your social network and reveals three tips on how to enhance security.
According to a February 20th article posted by Mashable titled “The Secret to Password Security Could Lie in Your Social Network,” Forbes and Kickstarter have recently experienced serious password breaches. Many cyber security experts find it alarming that regardless of the rise of hacking incidences on large corporate websites, most have not added additional safeguards to prevent such events from happening again.
Unfortunately, the article says that current account verification is becoming obsolete. Secret questions that ask about a mother’s maiden name or the city of birth in are public information and can be easily found online. This makes it easier for hackers to gain access to accounts.
The key to smarter “secret questions” can be within your social data. Facebook, for example, is already implementing social verification. If you log into Facebook from an unknown computer, you will be asked to identify the names and faces of a few of your friends. This method is a lot more secure than being asked to input your mother’s maiden name.
Justin Mass, vice president of client relations at fishbat, one of the leading online marketing companies, hopes that personal identity verification continues to move in this direction. Until it does, he offers some tips to keep your accounts secured. “Your password is the only thing between your account and someone trying to gain access to it, so it is extremely important to create a strong one.”
Maas lists three easy ways to help secure online accounts:
1. Passwords should be at least 8 characters long. “For stronger passwords, you should use letters, both upper and lower case, and numbers. You could also use symbols, if accepted by the online security system.”
2. Use separate passwords for each of your important accounts. “Do not use the same password for each accounts. If hackers discover your password, it will be easy for them to access all of your accounts.”
3. Keep password recovery options up to date. “For example, if you have an account set to e-mail you in the event that you forget your password, make sure it is set up to send to your current e-mail.”
fishbat is a full-service digital marketing firm and social media agency dedicated to connecting all types of businesses with their target audiences in the most effective and efficient way. Through innovative strategies in social media management, search engine optimization (SEO), branding, web design, reputation management and public relations, fishbat promotes a consistent and professional online voice for all of its clients.