By Zach Allen SYRACUSE, N.Y. (NCC News) – 44 people get their information taken online every second. Reusing passwords online is the easiest way for hackers to gain access to your information.
Hacking costs people real money. In 2016, a whopping $16 billion was taken from more than 15 million people.
We live in an era of technology where a great deal of our spending these days is electronic. It is a risk to even have our personal devices save our passwords, “The problem with passwords is that people keep reusing the same ones over and over again,” says Eric Friske of Secure Network Technologies in Downtown Syracuse. “I would say don’t let your devices save your passwords. If someone takes your device or hacks into it, they then have full access to your accounts.”
“The best thing you can do is change your passwords,” according to Friske.
Friske took me through some of his websites they use to find information on people. In minutes he was able to find the login information for people that use the same @syr.edu email database as me. If you do not change your passwords and your information finds itself on one of those websites, then all of a sudden somebody has the login information for your accounts.
That is why February 1st, National Change Your Password Day, is the perfect time to go change your passwords. Otherwise, you might find that you have been hacked.