How a massive data hack could leave your online info vulnerable

By Balitang America Staff, ABS-CBN North America Bureau

August 6, 2014

REDWOOD CITY, Calif. – Data security experts are on high alert after uncovering what they call the largest theft of digital credentials in history.

According to Hold Security CEO Alex Holden, Russian hackers stole more than 1 billion internet usernames and passwords from more than 420,000 websites.

Hold Security is a Milwaukee firm that uncovers online security breaches.

Holden says if they sell the information, more accounts could be violated.

“If it gets into another hands on this black market, these people can use the credentials to get into any account that had been compromised,” said Holden. “And because people reuse their passwords, in many cases these credentials may lead to other information including very private personal data.”

Experts say changing your passwords is the best way to keep your personal information safe online.

Phil Lieberman, CEO of Lieberman Software, recommends using longer passwords with a creative mix of letters, numbers and other characters.

Another tip – don’t use the same passwords for social media accounts that you would use to access your bank accounts.

Also keep your passwords to yourself. Don’t share them, even with friends or family.

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