• What you need to know

    Password Hacking

Password hacking refers to the unauthorised and unwanted procurement of passwords for devices, applications and services – usually with criminal intent

A hacked password is normally just the start of the problem. Once the attacker has your data there are lots of options available to carry out hacking:

  • Online banking: Account information is stolen, and hackers may even be able to access the account
  • Workplace login data: Confidential information is stolen from you
  • Email accounts: Unwanted emails are written in your name
  • Online shops: Orders are placed from your account
  • Chargeable downloads (media, software, etc.) are ordered
  • Social networks: unpleasant messages are distributed in your profile and/or defamatory content is uploaded

password-hacking-02Use different passwords

Create different passwords for email accounts, online banking, etc.

Change your passwords regularly

Protect yourself by changing your passwords at regular intervals

Do not disclose your passwords to other people

And don’t use other people’s passwords either

Change your password immediately if you suspect that your password has been disclosed

You should change your password immediately if you suspect that an unauthorised third party has gained knowledge of it

Never write down your passwords

Under no circumstances should you list out all your passwords in a place where they can be accessed

Don’t save your passwords on the network

For example on Intranet pages or in SharePoints

Create secure passwords

A password should be at least eight characters long and include letters, numbers and special characters as well as upper and lower case letters

2-factor authentication

Two factor authentication (2FA) is used to prove a user’s identity through a combination of two different and, in particular, independent components (factors). Typically, this might be something that the user knows, owns or something that definitely belongs to them. One everyday example is using a cash point machine: the transaction can only be carried out using a bank card and a PIN

If necessary, use a password safe

To store personal passwords