Good Password Hygiene is Essential to Reducing Risk

Google reported yesterday that several lists claiming to contain user credentials (usernames and passwords) were ‘dumped’ on the web. Google reported that less than 2% of the username and password combinations might have worked and that their automated anti-highjacking systems would have blocked many of those login attempts. They have also required users of the affected accounts to reset their passwords.

SmartVault always recommends you use a unique password for each web application. If you have used a password with the SmartVault service that you also use with a Google service, like Gmail, we recommend immediately changing your SmartVault password. Here are a few additional tips for better password hygiene:

— Use a different password for each web application – password generators like LastPass and RoboForm make this easier to implement
— At minimum, use a different password for your bank account than you use for any other web application
— Passwords don’t have to be complex to be strong – the key is making it easy to remember, but very difficult for others to guess