Safeguarding Your Online Identity – Understanding Stolen Credentials

by | 18 Aug 2023 | How-To Support Guides, Threat Notices


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In our commitment to your online safety, we would like to bring your attention to a critical issue that affects us all: the increasing prevalence of stolen credentials and its impact on your digital security.

The facts unveiled

The 2023 Data Breach Investigations Report (DBIR), which is based on a vast dataset of nearly 1 million incidents, sheds light on the most common causes of data breaches. A key finding that stands out is the overwhelming prominence of stolen credentials as the primary factor behind nearly 45% of these breaches. This statistic is more than double the occurrences attributed to other factors, including ransomware.

Understanding the threat

Stolen credentials refer to unauthorised access gained through the use of usernames and passwords obtained by cybercriminals. They often employ tactics like phishing emails and other forms of social engineering to trick individuals into revealing sensitive information. Once armed with your credentials, these criminals can exploit your accounts, compromise personal data, and even impersonate you.

What can you do

To fortify your online defenses and protect your digital identity, here are steps you can take:

  1. Strong and Unique Passwords
    Ensure your passwords are both strong and unique for each account. Combine letters, numbers, and symbols to create a robust code that’s difficult to crack.
  2. Activate Multi-Factor Authentication (MFA)
    Whenever possible, enable MFA. This adds an extra layer of security by requiring an additional verification step beyond your password.
  3. Stay Cautious
    Be wary of unsolicited emails or messages that ask for your credentials. Cybercriminals often use these tactics to deceive you into revealing sensitive information.
  4. Regular Account Monitoring
    Regularly review your financial statements and online account activities. If you spot any suspicious or unauthorised actions, act swiftly.
  5. Lean on us
    At AVeS Cyber Security, we stand by your side in this ongoing battle for online security. If you have questions, or concerns, or need assistance, our dedicated team is ready to help.

Your safety online is of utmost importance to us. By staying informed and implementing these precautions, we can collectively safeguard our digital world from the threat of stolen credentials. Ready to defend your digital frontier?

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