Get subscribed to our newsletter
Get interesting updates to your email inbox.
By Sabrina Rozer
Not everyone has done an ethical hacking course, therefore, not everyone knows how hackers can manipulate technology to find out user credentials in the blink of an eye. With the increasing rate of cyber hacks, password unbreakable becomes more crucial than ever. A password is your foremost form of defense against cybercrime and its strength decides the safety of your valuable digital property: your data. Below are some useful password protection tips that will help keep your accounts safe and private.
- Size matters:
When it comes to unbreakable passwords, size matters! The longer your password, the harder it is to crack. Did you know that cracking a 7 character lowercase password takes only a fraction of a second? On the same hand, cracking a similar 12 character password can take up to 2 centuries!
Follow NewsGram on Facebook to stay updated.
- Keep them unique:
If you use the same password for 2 accounts, then a data leak for one of those accounts could also lead to a breach of another. Make sure that you never use the same password in two places and you’re golden.
- Use a password manager:
It can be a nightmare to remember all your passwords. This is actually one of the leading reasons why people keep easy, simple, and short passwords. But that harms more than it helps. Hence, use a password manager and eliminate this problem from the root. You can use a trusted password managing app like LastPass for this.
- It’s complicated:
Unlike relationships, passwords are much better if they are complicated. Including special characters, uppercase letters, lowercase letters, numerals are important in your password’s anatomy. You can use mnemonics to remember complex passwords, for example, ‘you have to see me at four’ can be changed to ‘Uh2cm@4’.
- Extra factor:
The extra factor in your password’s strength is multi-factor authentication. Also generally known as two-factor authentication, it adds an extra blanket of security to your credentials to insulate them from account hacks. Two-factor authentication means two-step verification where you have to provide two types of credentials to sign in. The first step is the password and the second step is either a one-time password received on your linked mobile number or your email address.
- Don’t trust your browser:
Most of the time, your browser will ask you to save your passwords with it, so that you are relieved from the hassle of remembering them. However, CEH professionals (ethical hackers) advise against it. Saving your passwords in your browser like Google Chrome could leave you susceptible to the horrible consequences of a cyber attack. As an alternative, you can use a password manager to save your passwords and use its extension in your browser for the convenience of not having to remember them.
- It’s not personal:
Keep anything that is personal out of your passwords. With social media, it is extremely easy for hackers to find out information about their target. Thus, keeping things like your pet’s name or your birthday as your password is highly discouraged. Not just that, people who are close to you can easily guess your passwords in this case.
- Change it regularly:
Another important tip for password protection and make passwords unbreakable is to update it regularly. Banking apps usually have the practice of expiring a password automatically after a few months, prompting you to change your password regularly. This may seem like a small thing, but it can help you in a significant way, especially in the case of a data breach. You never know when your credentials are leaked in a data breach and who has bought them off the dark web.
In the end, remember a few more things, like verifying a webpage’s authenticity before entering your credentials, and not sharing your passwords or password patterns with others.
(Disclaimer: The article is sponsored and hence promotes some commercial links.)
Hackers have stolen crypto tokens worth $120 million from Blockchain-based decentralised finance (DeFi) platform BadgerDAO. Several crypto wallets were drained before the platform could stop the cyber attack. In a tweet, Badger said it has received reports of unauthorised withdrawals of user funds. "As Badger engineers investigate this, all smart contracts have been paused to prevent further withdrawals. Our investigation is ongoing and we will release further information as soon as possible," the company said late on Thursday.
According to the blockchain security and data analytics Peckshield, the various tokens stolen in the attack are worth about $120 million, reports The Verge. According to reports, someone inserted a malicious script in the user interface (UI) of their website. Badger has retained data forensics experts Chainalysis to explore the full scale of the incident and authorities in both the US and Canada have been informed. "Badger is cooperating fully with external investigations as well as proceeding with its own," it said. DeFi is a collective term for financial products and services that are open, decentralised and accessible to anyone. DeFi products open up financial services to anyone with an internet connection and they are largely owned and maintained by their users. While the attack didn't reveal specific flaws within Blockchain tech itself, it managed to exploit the older "web 2.0" technology that most users need to use to perform transactions, according to reports. (IANS/ MBI)
(Keywords: crypto wallets, BadgerDAO, decentralised finance, Blockchain, 120 million, crypto tokens, Hackers)
A total of 120 top Bollywood and other celebrities are expected to attend the wedding of film stars Katrina Kaif and Vicky Kaushal which is scheduled on December 9 in Rajasthan, said Rajendra Kishan, the District Collector (DC) of Sawai Madhopur district of the state on Friday. The District Collector told mediapersons: "These 120 guests shall follow all COVID-19 protocols and fully vaccinated guests will get entry in the much-hyped celebrity wedding."
Kishan said that the organisers have been asked to strictly follow all Covid-19 protocols. Also, those who are not vaccinated, will not be allowed without the negative RT-PCR test report, he added. "We have been informed by organisers that a total of 120 guests are invited to the wedding and the events will take place between December 7 to December 10," he added.
Earlier at 10.30 a.m., Kishan called a meeting which was attended by administrative, police and forest department officials, hotel and event managers to ensure adequate arrangements for crowd control, smooth regulation of traffic, and law and order situation amid the VIP movement. The wedding venue Fort Barwara, that has been converted into a heritage hotel, is situated in the panchayat samiti Chauth Ka Barwara. The venue is around 22 km away from Sawai Madhopur and is around 174 km from Jaipur. Sawai Madhopur district is famous for the Ranthambore National Tiger Reserve and as per reports, the guests are likely to be taken for a tiger safari. (IANS/ MBI)
(Keywords: Rajasthan, December 9, Vicky Kaushal, Katrina Kaif, film stars, celebrities, Bollywood, Katrina-Vicky)
The National Centre for Biological Sciences (NCBS), which confirmed the first two cases of the Omicron variant in Bengaluru on Thursday, is continuously monitoring the situation in four cities - Bengaluru, Hyderabad, New Delhi, and Pune. The NCBS is a part of a consortium of national laboratories performing genomic surveillance across four city clusters. The consortium was established four months ago with support from The Rockefeller Foundation's Pandemic Prevention Institute, and is led by the Centre for Cellular and Molecular Biology (CCMB) in Hyderabad.
Dr Rakesh Mishra at the CCMB said on Friday that the consortium is continuously monitoring the situation in all the four cities and has upscaled its efforts to sequence as many samples as possible Apart from the CCMB and the NCBS, the consortium includes CSIR-Institute of Genomics and Integrative Biology - IGIB in New Delhi and the Pune Knowledge Cluster, Indian Institute of Science Education and Research (IISER), Pune, and CSIR-National Chemical Laboratory in Pune.
The first case of the Omicron variant was detected in South Africa and reported to the World Health Organization on November 24. | Unsplash
The consortium is focused on upscaling genomic surveillance as part of national efforts led by the INSACOG - Indian SARS-CoV-2 Genomics Consortium - to respond to the Covid-19 pandemic. The consortium intensified its sequencing efforts after the World Health Organisation announced Omicron as a Variant of Concern. Such an intensified effort enabled the Bengaluru team at the NCBS, a member laboratory of INSACOG, in collaboration with Strand Life Sciences and the Bruhat Bengaluru Mahanagara Palike (BBMP), to detect, rapidly sequence and verify the existence of the omicron variant in samples from two Covid-19 infected individuals.
They hope this will aid in a rapid response to contain the spread of variants of concern. Prof Satyajit Mayor from the NCBS conveyed the information to local and national authorities, and the Indian government released a statement on December 2, all within four days of receiving the samples. Both SARS-CoV-2 genomes have also been uploaded to the global repository for SARS-CoV-2 sequences, GISAID, so that they can be publicly available to the scientific community, the NCBS said. (IANS/ MBI)
(Keywords: Hyderabad, New Delhi, Pune, Bengaluru, The National Centre for Biological Sciences, Situation, NCBS, Omicron)