The Better Business Bureau advises Tri-City residents and businesses to change their passwords after an alleged massive international data breach.
Hold Security claims its Deep Web Monitoring program discovered what could be the widest-ranging global security breach in history. The alleged breach may have affected 420,000 websites. The hacked websites have not been named, but Hold Security reports hackers captured 1.2 billion usernames and passwords and more than 500 million email addresses.
Tips from the BBB to protect personal information online include:
-- Secure accounts by taking advantage of protection beyond passwords. Many account providers offer other ways to verify who you are before conducting business on that site.
-- Make passwords long and strong by combining capital and lowercase letters with numbers and symbols.
-- Use separate passwords for every account.
-- Write down passwords, but keep it in a safe, secure place away from your computer.
-- When possible, set privacy and security settings on websites to your comfort level for information sharing.
For more tips, email the BBB at firstname.lastname@example.org or call 509-455-4200.