Criminals will automatically enter lists of compromised password/username pairs in order to gain unauthorised access to accounts.

Once an account is taken over, an attacker can drain the account of any value it has, steal any associated personal information linked to the account, and use any of that information for further malicious purposes (e.g. sending spam emails).

ADVICE

Use separate passwords for all of your different accounts. This reduces the likelihood that passwords that have been compromised for one account can be used to gain access to other accounts. Avoid using your corporate network credentials for third-party sites.

Create strong passwords e.g. do NOT use personally linked information such as your pet's name, use the 'ThreeRandomWords' technique.

If you think that your password may have been compromised, make sure to change it. Consider using resources such as 'haveibeenpwned.com' to check whether your passwords have been exposed in a data breach.

Enable Two-factor/Multi-factor authentication on your accounts where possible. Do this, and it will make it much harder for criminals to gain access to your accounts.

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Windows 7 EOL

On January 14th 2020 Windows 7 and Windows Server 2008 (inc.variants) reached End of Life and will no longer have release updates or security patches provided by Microsoft.

These systems will still work after this date, but your business may be exposed to emerging threats of new viruses and malicious attacks.

Please don’t hesitate to contact either Julie or Darryn on 01460271055 to discuss your concerns.