With news of compromised systems, hacks and password leaks bombarding us everyday, it is easy to worry, toss and turn at night and maybe even lose sleep over the security of our confidential data. Here are a couple of things that can be done to give us at least a little peace of mind that our critical information is safe on the internet.
The first thing we can do is check to see if there have been any known security breaches that we need to take action on. Conveniently, there is a website for this. Just go to shouldichangemypassword.com for a convenient quick check on your email address to see if it is on a list of accounts that have been compromised. You might want to bookmark this page and recheck somewhat regularly, and certainly every time you hear about a major security breach.
The other simple thing you can do is verify that your password is reasonably secure. There are several good sites for this. I like to use Microsoft’s Password Checker.
There are many other things you can do to make sure your information is secure including, changing your passwords regularly, using an online password generator like Password Hasher and thinking twice about what sites and services you decide to trust with your confidential information. For now, I check shouldichangemypassword.com, use a secure password and update it from time to time and I am losing less sleep over the security of my confidential information.