Ebay was recently hacked (if you use Ebay and live under a rock, you can read more about it here). However, Ebay was not hacked and then re-secured on the same day. They just recently discovered the cyberattack occurred. This is one of the reasons why it’s so important to change your password–you never know when one of your accounts has been compromised. A good rule of thumb is to change every three to six months. Think of it as an oil change or switching out of a toothbrush. Never changing the password on your account makes it less secure.
Which is why Security Cat™ is on your computer, changing your passwords.
In your office. In your house. Do you leave your laptop or computer completely logged into your accounts, whether it be social, financial or email? The problem with this should be obvious, but in case it’s not, Security Cat™ will lay it out for you. Say you stay logged into your email account all the time, someone breaks into your house and is able to get on your computer. Not only can they read all your emails, but if they’re trying to get into any of your other accounts, they can just click “Reset Password” and get the login information sent back to that email account you left open. Problematic, eh?
Log out. Log out. Log out. Always log out.
OMG! You got this email that you totally thought pertained to you and you clicked on the link…and now…your computer is infected. Take a deep breath. You’re not the first person this has happened to and Security Cat™ will forgive you. There’s no time to waste though, you must follow company policy and report the incident.
Then, going forward, always think about what you’re about to click on before you click on it. Does the person who sent it have a legit email address? Do you know them? Is there anything strange about the greeting or the time stamp? Are there weird attachments? These are all red flags to consider before clicking.