Hackers (and their bots) target accounts with weak passwords and accounts with passwords exposed in a data breaches. A person (or bot) with unauthorized access to your account can read your email, spam your address book, corrupt your files, delete or modify important information, and consume server resources.
If you reuse passwords, multiple online accounts could be at risk if the password is exposed.
Don’t share your password with anyone who asks for it. No Strangecode technician will ever ask you for your password.
Don’t click links in suspicious emails. An attacker may display a fake log-in form in an attempt to steal your password. Navigate to log-in forms directly rather than clicking untrusted links in emails.
Generate long, unique password and store them in an encrypted database with a master password. Good options:
If your service supports 2FA, this will keep your account safe even if your password is exposed.
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