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2017 was the Year of the Hack. How You Can Stay Safe in 2018 with One Amazing Tool.

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By    |   Tuesday, 26 Dec 2017 10:12 AM

2017 could easily be called ‘The Year of the Hack.’ From HBO and Equifax, to the Pentagon and the Republican Party, it seems like nobody was immune to cybersecurity woes this year. And we can likely expect much of the same for 2018 as well.

What gives?

In short, the digital world is moving too fast for consumers and businesses to implement proper security measures. In what amounts to cybersecurity Whac-a-Mole, we’re forced to chase yesterday’s problems while foregoing the dangers we’ll face in the future. If you grabbed 100 random people on the street and quizzed them about the most basic cybersecurity terms, there’s a high likelihood you’ll be met with blank stares and puzzled faces. 


Similar to home burglars, cyber attackers are opportunists; they want the most return with the least amout of work and risk.

Think of it this way… whose home is more likely to be robbed: the house with the frontdoor unlocked and the windows open, or the house with burglar bars, a home security system, and motion-activated lighting?

It’s time to think of your cybersecurity like you think of your house; a few basic protections can go a long way.

The three most common hacking techniques can all be prevented by using one simple tool. But it’s important to understand the threats – here are three of the most common hacking techniques used in 2017:

  1. Phishing. Phishing is one of the easiest ways for hackers to penetrate your security. A phishing email involves the hacker posing as a legitimate entity (friend, co-worker, business partner) to request access to information, usually passwords or other items they would need to break into your account.

These attacks occur with shocking regularity. In the past two they have caused an array of damage at Chase, eBay, Target, Sony Pictures, and even the US government. No one is immune.

  1. Weak Passwords. One would think that in 2017 everyone would be savvy enough to use strong passwords to protect their accounts. Unfortunately, we still live in a world where the most common passwords are terrible ones such as ‘123456’ and ‘password.’ Even big business is not immune as Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg famously used ‘dadada’ last year, and it was discovered during this year’s Equifax breach that the company used ‘admin/admin’ as an employee login for critical online portals.

Expert advice here is quite simple; use a strong password! Your password should NOT be a proper noun, name, sequential number, or anything someone could remotely guess. Instead, your password should be a random mix of eight or more letters (lower and upper-case), numbers, and symbols.

  1. Password Reuse. Implementing strong passwords is a great first step, but to keep your accounts safe, both work and personal, you must have a unique password for all your accounts. The danger of password reuse is that if one of your accounts is hacked, then hackers will have easy access to all of your accounts that have the same password.

This risk is increasingly elevated as the number of accounts we have continues to grow. Recent research by Dashlane, a top-rated password manager, shows that the average American has over 150 online accounts that require a password, but that they only use an average of eight total passwords to access all of those accounts.  

The easiest, safest solution to staying ahead of hackers using all three of the above techniques?  GET A PASSWORD MANAGER!  Password managers, like Dashlane, not only help you automatically create hard-to-crack passwords for each online account, but it does the work for you by remembering those passwords and automatically logging you into all of your accounts instantly. 


The best way to survive a heart attack is to live a healthy lifestyle, so you don’t ever have one. The more risky behaviors you engage in, such as smoking or maintaining poor diet, the higher the likelihood you’ll experience a heart attack.

The same is true for cybersecurity - prevention is key.

The better your cybersecurity hygiene is, the lower the chances you have of experiencing a catastrophic breach.  Make it your resolution that 2018 will not be another year of hacks for you.  Try Dashlane Premium FREE for 30 days and find out just how easy it can be to clean up your digital life.

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