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Heartbleed – 4 tips to keep your online accounts safe

Heartbleed

Recently there has been a lot of discussion about the Heartbleed vulnerability, which is a serious bug that has been identified in the OpenSSL cryptographic library.

We have no reason to suspect that any Vision6 data was compromised by the vulnerability and our servers were quickly updated to fix the issue.

But this does serve as a timely reminder about the importance of account security.

There are a couple of easy things you can do to help protect the security of your Vision6 account (and other online accounts).

1. Use a complex and unique password

It’s important to use a unique password for all of your different accounts. This protects your Vision6 account if any of your other accounts are hacked.

When selecting a password make it complex and include a combination of letters, numbers, symbols and capitalisation, because this will make it harder for computer hacking software to ‘guess’ it.

First and foremost if your password is ‘password’ stop what you’re doing right now and CHANGE IT! This is one of the most common and easily guessed passwords. Check out the top 25 most common passwords from 2013, you might be surprised what makes the list.

In saying that, I don’t know many people who can easily remember a password of random letters 18 characters long.

Don’t be afraid to use a word you’ll remember, but just come up with a rule. For example replace every S with $ or O with 0.

2. Change your password regularly

Although recent studies found 38% of people would rather clean the toilet than change their password, it is important.

The reason being is that if you don’t change your password and it is compromised, whoever has access to it could stick around for months gathering information without you even knowing.

Changing your password regularly reduces this risk.

3. Don’t share your passwords with anyone, instead set up individual accounts

If you’ve set up your Vision6 account and everyone just uses the one login, you’re putting your account at risk.

Instead set up each individual as a user so you can ensure if they leave the company they won’t continue to have access to the account. You can also see a history of each account user’s actions.

To do this login to Vision6 and select Account > Users > New Account User.

4. Two-Step Verification

Using Two-Step Verification adds an extra layer of security to your Vision6 account. It is the golden standard for online security and you’re probably already using it for your online banking.

Once switched on it requires you to enter your password AND a security code sent to your mobile phone.

When you sign in, you can select not to receive a code again on that particular computer for 30 days. You’ll still be covered, because we’ll ask for codes when you or anyone else tries to sign in to your account from other computers.

If you want to turn on Two-Step Verification for your account please let us know via the Knowledge Centre.

Keep online security top of mind

If you have any questions about your Vision6 account please get in touch or drop us a note in the comments section below.


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