Monday, December 09, 2019

Protecting Your Online Accounts from Credential Stuffing Threats

Image by Pete Linforth from Pixabay

When the holidays draw near, you can be sure cyber threats are not far behind, one of them being “Credential Stuffing,” which has emerged as a leading cyber threat against your financial, retail, social media and email accounts.

“Credential Stuffing” is a method used by cybercriminals to try to gain unauthorized access to your digital accounts. By using lists of stolen user names and passwords from previous data breaches, cybercriminals randomly attempt to log into websites and social media accounts in the hopes that individuals will set up those same user names and passwords for some of their other online accounts.

This threat is real and it is on the rise. It works because many people do not follow best practices when creating login credentials.

You can minimize your risk of becoming a victim of “Credential Stuffing” by doing the following:

·       Choose different user IDs and strong passwords for your online accounts.
·       Change your passwords regularly.
·       Never reuse IDs or passwords across your online accounts.
·       Don’t use your email address as your user ID.
·       Avoid using easy, guessable passwords; try substituting special characters or numbers for certain letters.
·       Never utilize your Facebook login to access financial websites.
·       Never use the same password for your online and social media accounts.
·       Never respond to phone, email or text requests for personal or confidential information.

Source: Apple Bank

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