TransUnion Alerts Consumers to Heartbleed Security Bug and Arms Them With Tips and Tools to Better Safeguard Their Personal Information and Identity
CHICAGO, IL--(Marketwired - Apr 14, 2014) - Last week, security firm Codenomicon and Neel Mehta from Google Security discovered a potentially devastating security bug: Heartbleed. It's worse than app viruses that can be fixed with a quick update -- Heartbleed goes one level deeper, helping hackers tell servers how to reveal personal information, including passwords. TransUnion, one of the national credit reporting companies that helps individuals protect their identity, takes this opportunity to remind consumers of how to better safeguard their personal information online.
"Identity thieves are getting smarter and faster at stealing consumers' personal information -- so consumers have to act smart and stay ahead of them," said Julie Springer, vice president at TransUnion. "There are steps consumers can take to better protect their personal information, as well as products that keep watch over their identity, even when they aren't."
At TransUnion, we think of ourselves as your partner in identity and credit protection. That's why we'd like to share some easy ways you can create strong passwords.
- Different account? Different password. If a thief steals from one of your accounts, don't make it easy for them to steal from others.
- Don't be obvious. The first passwords thieves will try are ones like: password, 1234567890 or similar.
- Be random. Pick something obscure. Don't use your name and stay away from real words.
- Misspelling is good. If your password is "I hate yellow" replace some letters with numbers and symbols like "1 h8 y3Ll0w
- The longer, the better. The longer the password, the harder it could be to figure out.
- Use a mnemonic. Think up a sentence, such as "My favorite color is green," and use the first or last letter of each word as your password ("Mfcig" or "yErsN" in the example).
Strong passwords are a must. But with so much of our personal data spread across the web -- and with thieves getting smarter and smarter -- creating good passwords for your accounts may not be enough. Review your credit and personal information for signs of suspicious activity.
To learn more and to better safeguard your identity from thieves by obtaining your credit report, visit www.TransUnion.com.
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