03. Why is it important that I don’t use the same password on multiple websites?
If there is a data breach on a website, hackers can potentially get access to your personal and confidential information including your login credentials. Armed with your personal credentials, hackers will automate the login process on thousands of different websites in hopes of gaining access to accounts like your online banking platform. This hacking technique is called credential stuffing
Another way a hacker could get your information is through Spear-Phishing. Phishing is a cyberattack where an ill-intentioned person poses as a legitimate and reputable business that tricks people into sending the hacker their personal information, usually from a fraudulent link, email attachment, or website. Sensitive information that hackers target includes usernames, passwords, and credit card information. To learn more about this hacking technique read our blog Surviving a Spear-Phish Attack.
These hacking techniques are very common because the majority of people use the same login credentials on multiple websites.
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