Another reason why it’s a bad idea to use the same passwords across different applications: According to the New York Times, Yahoo! reported a hacking attempt on its e-mail accounts, this week. According to a company official, “the list of usernames and passwords that were used to execute the attack was likely collected from a third-party database compromise.” Yahoo! won’t say how many accounts were affected, only that they’ve reset passwords for affected accounts, added two-step verification, and beefed up their security. Might be a good time to check your accounts and beef up those passwords!
To help minimize the risk to your electronic accounts, the UGA Office of Information Security advises the use of strong passwords (minimum of eight characters with a mix of alphanumeric and special characters), avoiding dictionary words and sequential strings, and changing passwords at least twice a year. Be careful who you share your passwords with; avoid writing them down. To further protect yourself from threats to your electronic information, you can visit UGA’s Office of Information Security online.