So far, 2014 has seen a few high-profile data breaches that have made Americans think about their cybersecurity. Even before the start of the year, however, there were signs of the increase in hacking and large information leaks that hopefully inspired you to reevaluate your computer security. If not, take a few minutes today to do so. It’s a small task to take care of now, but it can mean big problems if left ignored.
As CNN.com reported, the beginning of December 2013 saw the breaching of over two million passwords from various sites, including Facebook, Twitter, Gmail and LinkedIn. According to the security firm Trustwave, the top five most popular passwords were dangerously weak: 123456, 123456789, 1234, password and 12345.
So how can you make sure you’re not one of the next two million to have their security compromised?
Outside of your computer’s antivirus software, it’s up to you to maintain a smart and safe security system. A few minutes now and some updated passwords can mean the difference between a safeguarded computer and a total loss.