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320 million password revealed – are any of them yours

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A website developed by an Australian Mr. Troy Hunt (a security expert) and run by him. This site shows whether your email address has been stolen in a hack.

The link to the site is here

https://haveibeenpwned.com/passwords

or simply http://www.haveibeenpwned.com (as shown in the pic)

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Here 320 million passwords gathered from dozens of world’s biggest data breaches been available. You can visit the site and check whether yours is or not.

If it is so then definitely change your password applying with more security options and if not pwned then lucky enough.

The word pwned is internet slang for owned which means to take advantage of someone. A hacker who has pwned you has stolen your data (mostly date of birth, interests, hobbies some times secrets also)

The site is easy to use : Simply type an old password , (not the current one) then press enter. If you are not pwned that doesn’t mean that you are safe enough,your safety depends on your alertness. It may be the chance that you are not indexed by the site.

You can also download passwords from the database from the site approx. 5.5 gb file. Hunt wrote in his blog that the site can be proved useful to every techsavvy as well as tech user or all sorts.

Ideally password should be at least of 15 characters with all sort of figures,alphabets,(caps and small) symbols/characters etc. so that safety is maintained as priority.

thanks for bearing

Jagat

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Data Security tips – Learn how to secure your data

Hello dear readers, Hope you all are fine

Day 28th of January, celebrated as “Data Privacy Day” recognized annually to be celebrated, by almost all the concerned developing as well as developed countries of the world and also those who are on brim to enter the digital world. It is an initiative to safeguard personal data, entrusting faith and respect of privacy and enabling binding effort in the field against digital furtiveness. A global effort has been made through this annual “data privacy day” to raise and promote awareness around for data safeguard and protection among the users.

Here are some safety tips, (basically promoted by antivirus company, but edited and added as per requirement by me) to safeguard and get the data protected:-

  1. Strong and unique passwords : Couple of years ago, I read and article about a survey done by a private hackers group about common password used by the people and to their utter surprise most of the passwords used are : Iloveyou, Ihateyou, welcome, personal, 1234567890,personified,password,hacked or contact number or most common are the name of  girlfriend or boyfriend or self name with 123. But to safeguard change password of online accounts frequently. Use more than 10 character alphanumericals with both upper and lower case and symbol. the best way to type short form (abbriviation)  of your most favourite song (like There’s someone for me somewhere Tsofmsw and add your fav lucky number with it and symbol  or your   DOB   too Tsofmsw08#14feb86) it was found that hackers will take about 250 years to get it cracked through classical methods of hacking.
  2. Data Back up : Take the backup of all of your mobile as well as computer data on cloud storage (read my topic what is cloud storage)  or External Hard disc drive.This will protect your data from virus attacks, aftermath of sudden crash of system and ransomeware shocks. (Ransomware is current scenario of malware attack which hijack the whole system data and demand money for release of the data.
  3. Use genuine and trusted antivirus : Use trusted antivirus which use multilayered protection and block ransomware, fake, infected and phishing websites, emails designed for phishing attacks, malicious downloads, and unauthorized data storage devices and encrypt the data automatically for safety and future use.
  4. Safe data disposal : Data privacy not only concerns with safety of data under use but also protecting your private data which according to your goodself has been deleted but it actually remained buried under files system of disc and can be recovered by advanced/sophosticated recovery tools . Emptying recycle bin or shift deleting files is not secure enough.The data which you delete can be retrieved back any time with the help of utility / recovery tools.Hence always use three level deleting process by using software provided by various antivirus companies one I know is Quickheal, Bitdefender etc.
  5. Phishing (read my note “what is Phishing): This is a trick to scoop out your data through their script oriented page which is lookalike of famous account sites. An attempt to trick you into providing your personal or financial details so that the attacker can commit illegal acts using your name.Always ignore unepected communications from unknown sources asking for online help and report them to the right authority.
  6. Avoid storing sensitive data like banking details, credit card codes, social security codes, IDs Passwords on mobiles and computers. If you like to do so try to get it in encrypted formats. There are may sites and softwares which encrypt and decrypt your data online whenever and whereever required.Encryption convert your data in coded forms unable to use by any other.
  7. Avoid Sharing : Don’t share your personal details online with any one. Social engineering can peep into your personal entities through their skills. Avoid forwarding your codes,PINs through mobiles and mails. Dont fill informations in survey forms, Online social friends unsolicited mails etc
  8. Unsecured open wifi networks are more dangerous and boon for hackers. Banking and online shopping through unsecured wifi helps attackers to steal your data. While operating through these mediums get assured that such things are secured through IDs and Passwords.
  9. Reliable source’s App Installation: Install application through reliable sources only. Read reviews of the app many times before installing and giving permissions to access your data , pictures and documents. An app may asks for permissions that are not actually required for it to function on your device. e.g Torch light app. asks for permission to access devices location, pictures contact details etc. can arise suspicion  chances are it is a malicious or a potentially dangerous app. So, stay cautious against such threats.
  10. Protection of Hardware : Protect your hardware from physical theft which ultimately leads to stealth of your personal data and passing of it from one hand to other. Mobile devices carry large amount of personal data in the form of photographs,videos and other sensitive contacts and information and if the mobile is stolen all data will passed to one unknown person and chances are there of misuse.

Hope this knowledge can add a bit to your awareness. 

Thanks for bearing

Jagat.