Once bitten twice shy?
Well, it was INTERNATIONAL COMPUTER SECURITY DAY on 30 November, but did anyone tell Yahoo, Deliveroo and the National Lottery?
In September 2016 BBC News broadcast that Yahoo had been hacked, resulting in the loss of data for some 500 million users. Source: BBC Report, 23 Sep 2016.
And yet today, just two months later the BBC announced that Yahoo have been hacked AGAIN, this time losing data, including passwords, for a cool billion users. Source: BBC Report, 15 Dec 2016.
Hackers were reported by the BBC to have harvested millions of user credentials from the bicycle delivery company. Source: BBC Report, 23 Nov 2016.
About 26,500 National Lottery accounts may have been hacked. Source: BBC Report, 30 Nov 2016.
What do these horror stories have in common?
Big national and multinational corporations playing fast and loose with our personal data.
Should oversized - and largely unaccountable - corporations be broken up and brought to heel?
Does anyone know how our personal data is being managed, by whom and for what purpose?
Is the Data Protection Act fit for purpose in the digitised global economy?
It is becoming less clear by the day which corporation owns which, and who therefore should be held to account when things go wrong, and of course, responsible for preventing mistakes from happening in the first place!
Time for a backlash?
Small is Beautiful: A study of Economics as if people mattered
Schumacher proposed that we organise our economy on a more human scale.
I would urge anyone reading this post to read his very easy to read book:
The moral of this story is ...
What all of the above hacks and many more besides underline is the the RISK you take if you use the same password for more than one account.
And the lesson is:
7 New Year Resolutions for 2017
- Make you passwords long, strong and unique 1 and change them frequently.
- Keep your computer and web applications up to date.
- Stay informed of news and developments and share with others.
- Check internet connections are encrypted when sharing personal information (HTTPS on websites and TLS for email).
- Use Two Factor Authentication wherever possible when entering personal data into websites.
- Use Firewalls for your computer and website (Web Application Firewall).
- Be vigilant and act on your suspicions; if that email looks and feels dodgy then it probably is.
1 You may find using a Password Manager application helps.
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