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Avoiding a Hack - Shepard Insurance Group

Avoiding a Hack!! Part 1

Steps to Reduce Your Exposure

Cyber security is in the news with an alarming rate of cyber criminals looking at vulnerabilities both for individuals and in a larger sense businesses. There are steps you can take as an individual and a family to reduce your exposure and the painful aggravation of getting hacked.

“With all the cyber intrusions it might be the right time for a password manager”

Here are some first steps!

Passwords – the password on your desktop, tablet and phone are the key to the kingdom for cyber criminals. Cracking your password is the first step in getting access to all that is stored on your devices.

Cyber experts recommend that your password is at least 6 characters long, include upper and lower case letters, numbers and then a symbol such as %, or #. Using 114477 or 123456 may be easy, but is similar to handing out your keys to the hacker.

Additionally, experts recommend for a higher level of protection that you change your password every 90 days! But if you include the letter, number and symbols in your password, that is a strong first step.

The larger problem with passwords is the amount of different sites you access; from Netflix to your bank, each requiring a password. How many can you remember??? Where do you write them down?

Most of the financial websites are now requiring 2 step authentication. When you login they send you a text to confirm it is you!

With all the cyber intrusions it might be the right time for a password manager where you can store all your passwords for all your web access, encrypted, with 2 step authentication. No more resetting the password you forgot or didn’t write down.

Check out Keeper, Last Pass, or 1Password for as little as $48/ year for your family to protect your passwords across all your web access.

As an additional resource to the aggravation of getting hacked you can buy protection thru your home insurer at a reasonable cost to provide a solid backstop.

If you have questions about passwords and cyber security reach out to Kyle at kshepard@shepardinsgrp.com or call 203.698.9342.


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