2017-05-17

Protecting Important Credentials

AHS staff were recently advised to change any AppleID passwords they may have. This was in reaction to a news report about a hacker group claiming to have the ability to delete millions of Apple customer credentials. The threat did not materialize. Perhaps more important is the fact that genuine risks are unlikely to hit the news and often result from users willingly giving their credentials to ‘phishers’… one can’t always know when it might be important to change a password. Another approach is to implement ‘2-factor’ authentication, with the result is that, even if one’s credentials are discovered, it is not possible to log on to an account if the hacker does not also have a second factor; such as a smart phone, smart watch or authentication device. Typically, users are alerted to suspect logon attempts. Please consider turning this on for Apple, Google and other online services you commonly use.
Phishing description: li.ahs-cmio.ca/2ff
2-factor description: li.ahs-cmio.ca/2fw
Google instructions: li.ahs-cmio.ca/2fg
LinkedIn instructions: li.ahs-cmio.ca/2fl
Apple instructions: li.ahs-cmio.ca/cismd

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