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How Online Credentials Can Be Pilfered

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Data Privacy Day happened on January 28 this year. It's an observation that's intended to encourage organizations and people to protect data, respect privacy, and grow trust.

When it comes to protecting data, though, it can sometimes prove difficult to know what, exactly, you're up against or dealing with -- because methods and techniques for stealing or compromising your data cover a broad spectrum.

According to data security company Yubico, slightly more than 8 in 10 instances of hacker-related breaches can be traced to the theft and misuse of credentials, the logins and passwords you use. And since the hackers can do that from halfway around the world, it's not so easy to catch them.

Here are a few ways, courtesy of Yubico, that hackers go about pilfering your data:

  • Lame Passwords: If we all don't know it by now, please repeat: Do not use "login" as your login or "password" as your password. It's a good idea to regularly change your password as well as to mix it up a bit, so that it can't be easily guessed.
  • Credential Stuffing: This involves harvesting credentials from one site and then trying to use them to gain access to another. Weaker sites are more vulnerable to credential pilfering, and much of the stolen information is up for sale on the dark web.
  • Man in the Middle: Attackers can sometimes gain access to the network through which your Internet traffic routes, making it easier to intercept your credentials.

Yubico's solution: A small USB device that, once paired with your hardware, provides two-factor authentication. The device creates different keys for each service, so no one can steal your info without stealing the actual device.

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Jim Lillie

Jim began writing for newspapers and designing for publishing companies at a time when both industries were just beginning to make the switch from manual to digital platforms. Jim lives in Boulder, Colorado with his teenage son.

Website: www.jimlillie.com
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