We speak about attacks on online providers that result in the leak
of personal usersí passwords. Just recently we saw the leak of 6.46
user passwordss. Right after this we saw a leak of 400 thousand Yahoo
passwords. These are not isolated cases; nowadays we
see many successful attacks that lead to personal data leaks. One
more example of this is the leak of personal information of users of
one of the popular Android
and finally the hack of the NVIDIA
developer forum. Itís worth saying that many successful attacks are
just not announced and the Internet community doesnít find out about
So, how do we deal with cases when our passwords can be leaked?
Obviously the end user canít do much to protect his on-line service
provider and prevent the leak, but there are some basic tips on how
to avoid a big disaster when our passwords are compromised.
1.†† †Use a different password for each different
online resource. Never reuse the same password for different
services. If you do, all or many of your other online accounts can
2.†† †Use complex passwords. This means, in a perfect
scenario, a combination of symbols, letters and special characters.
The longer the better.
3.†† †Sometimes our online service providers donít
let us create really complex passwords, but try to use long
passwords, with at least 23 characters in a combination of uppercase
and lowercase letters. A password of 23 characters (131 bits) would
For some users itís hard to remember complex passwords, in which
case a good solution would be to use a password manager like Kaspersky
Remember, you canít stop your service provider being hacked, but you
can avoid a bigger disaster when all of your accounts get
compromised at once just because you used the same password!