like Amazon, Apple, AT&T, PayPal, AOL, Netflix, Network Solutions, and Microsoft. As a freelancer, you likely store sensitive private information on a computer or network system. An easy way to protect yourself is to protect your clients with Lifelock for business or a similar service that secures your customer information.
Ramp Up Your Security
After one of UG Nazi's hackers, Cosmo, shared his secrets and how easy it was to hack into so-called secured systems like AOL and Paypal. He and his fellow hackers had to know the name and addresses of the account holders in order to change their passwords over the phone. Since the hacker revealed this information, AOL and Paypal have heightened their security and protocol for sharing and changing information over the phone. It is important to remain in tune with changes in technology on the hackers end and stay one step ahead of their game.
This next tip comes from a hacker, so you might think of this as hearing it from the horse's mouth. In last month's the Atlantic Wire, "white hat hacker" Alex Horan gave a few tips on how readers could improve their abilities to select passwords that are effective and difficult to crack. Here are a few of the tips we thought were the most effective that you can use when giving requirements to users for their passwords:
- You don't have to pick a password; you can use a passphrase that is 10 to 14 characters long. A passphrase can is more personal and something that is authentic to you. A password, like your dog's name, or your anniversary or firstborn's birthplace and weight, might be too short and possible to crack. The longer and more diverse the passphrase, the longer it will take a hacker to decode.
- For password recovery, ask clients questions that only they could answer. Possibly allow them to write their own questions so the answer can be as unique to them as well.
Horan says that it's important to use proper methods for encrypting a users data to prevent a client from having their information hacked. For example Yahoo voicemail was hacked because it was not secured with encryption, but LinkedIn utilizes added salting that adds extra characters to a password hash, making it more difficult for a hacker to decipher and crack.
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Joshua Williams A self-described word-nerd, Josh double majored in journalism and business and can't get enough of online word games. He freelances from the comfort of his lakeside home in Minnesota.