The latest news in the Hillary Clinton email hack case emerged today, with the cyber-hacker ‘revealing’ how he supposedly viewed hidden messages on Hillary Clinton’s private phone, describing her server as “like an open orchid on the internet”.
The hacker, Marcel Lehel Lazar, claims that he gained access to Hillary Clinton’s server through the AOL account of her long-time confidant Sidney Blumenthal after guessing his security question. He was then able to find Clinton’s IP address through incoming messages, which led him to the location of her private server.
With this in mind it’s important to remember to stay vigilant with online security. Staying secure online is an ongoing commitment which includes using different strong passwords for different sites, being wary of what Wi-Fi you connect your device to, and ensuring the sites you enter your details into are legitimate businesses with secure websites.
Steps to improve your online security:
According to the Daily Telegraph it would only take a hacker a few seconds to crack a password with six lower case letters, around 10 minutes for seven letters, and a fraction of a millisecond for common passwords like ‘birthday’.
Best practice for passwords is to have different passwords to access different accounts, and for the password to consist of using upper and lower case letters, numbers and symbols.
If there is some information online about you – as there is with most people these days – then it is easier for hackers to guess your security question given a little research. If your security question is ‘what was the name of your school?’ and you have a LinkedIn page with all the details of your education on it, then it’s not going to be hard for someone to find the answer to that question.
Public Wi-Fi is unsafe and an easy target for hackers. Do not use public Wi-Fi to send sensitive information or documents, or to shop online. Only use a secure Wi-Fi connection that you trust for this.
When entering personal details and particularly any card details when purchasing online, make sure the website you are using is secure. You can do this by checking the URL bar – if there is a padlock sign and ‘https://’ at the beginning of the URL, then you are using a secure website.
If you get an email offer from a company you don’t remember signing up to the mailing list of, then sadly it’s probably spam. The best way to find out, rather than clicking on any links in the email, is to go directly to the website of the supposed offer. If it’s not on the website, then it’s not a real deal!
Keep software and anti-virus up-to-date to ensure your devices are as protected as possible.
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