Check the Security of your Email Password…Stay Secure

June 21, 2016 | By Comodo SSL

Has your email account been hacked?
Are you absolutely positive that your email account has not been hacked?
Has your mail address password been compromised?
How strong is your password?
Have you activated 2-factor authorization for your email account?

The Massive LinkedIn Breach

There are numerous questions about security of your email account. While it may seem that using a purportedly strong password could prevent hacker attacks, it would be wise to know that LinkedIn had in 2012 been hacked and the email and password combinations of nearly 6.5 million user accounts had been stolen. Those users were made to reset the passwords. However, it now appears that the email ids and hashed password combinations of more than 100 million members had also been compromised. The massive extent of this breach was discovered only this year, when cyber criminals offered the data for sale. LinkedIn had not suspected the scale of the problem. Now, it is advised that all LinkedIn users reset their passwords and activate 2-factor authorization. This breach has demonstrated that sensitive data stored even in highly-secure systems can be stolen. While LinkedIn is playing down the grave nature of the breach, fearing loss of user database, and sale if the company to Microsoft, it is user data that is at risk. Wake up! So, if you have a LinkedIn account immediately change your password. And, keep changing it regularly.

Email Security

Safety Measures for Securing Email and Passwords

Corporate and personal mail are targeted by hackers, as it gives them a wealth of information. Emails have become part and parcel of life, and without it, business would be very slow. Every user and enterprise, company or organization must ensure that email communication remains secure always. There are safety tips for robust passwords and password policies must be diligently carried out. Breaches have revealed that weak passwords are still being used. Follow a policy for framing strong passwords:

  • The password should be a mix of uppercase and lowercase alphabets, numerals and special characters
  • Do not use dictionary identifiable words
  • Do not use the name of your children, spouse, pets, vehicle numbers, phone numbers, date of birth, etc.., which can be linked to you.
  • Do not use the application name – such as linkedin, facebook, etc..,
  • Ensure that the password has a minimum length of 13 characters. The more the better.
  • Try framing passphrases.
  • Do not write down or store your password anywhere. If you really have to – then don’t store the login credentials and the password together.
  • Periodically change the password
  • Do not get tempted by free WiFi or public Wi-Fi. Don’t access it.
  • Avoid staying connected over the internet in cyber cafe’s and browsing centers.
  • If you have a WiFi use a strong password for that too.
  • Do not activate “remember your password” anywhere
  • Do not store the password in the browser.
  • Activate 2-factor authorization if available
  • Get a robust virus protection and keep it updated

The above tips are for secure passwords and password policies. Follow these policies to keep your email communication secure.

How Must Corporates Protect Email Communication? 

  1. Corporates must ensure that employees follow the specified password policies.
  2. It must be made mandatory that passwords must be changed periodically.
  3. The Corporate must implement a secure messaging suite such as KoruMail. An effective messaging suite must ensure secure communication via SSL-assisted POP3, IMAP, SMTP, and HTTP protocols.

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