Well, it happened. Ashley Madison, the worlds biggest dating site catering to married people looking to have an affair, has been hacked. We can only imagine the mass hysteria that is hitting Ashley Madison’s estimated 37 Million users. You’d be freaking out too if your identity, sexual fantasies and recent love affairs were going to soon become public knowledge! So, just how did this happen? Well, with the recent AdultFriendFinder.com hack, it wasn’t a long shot to say Ashley Madison might be next. Here’s a few tips on how to keep your information safe online and avoid getting hacked, so no one finds out what you’re up to.
‘ We are the Impact Team ‘. pic.twitter.com/IDGpvPnH1m
— Thadeus Zu (@deuszu) July 20, 2015
First off, here’s a bit more about what happened this weekend so you can really see the full extent of what could go down this week. The tweet above is part of the “manifest” the hackers, also known as “The Impact Team”, let out yesterday. So far, they have released little bits of random information from databases, servers and even the company’s bank info. They are threatening to release more data each day that Ashley Madison, and sister site Established Men, remain open. Luckily, it seems Ashley Madison has this under control and released a statement saying they have a “thorough investigation” in the works and that the site has been “secured”.
Hopefully you weren’t affected by this hacking nightmare, but just to be on the safe side, here’s the top three tips you need to stay secure doing whatever it is you like to do on the internet.
1. Make a Super Password
Don’t make your password, “password.” This might seem obvious but we all do it. It’s a pain to remember 100 different passwords for every site, therefore you default to one you can remember, and that’s probably really easy to crack. One very easy way to get around this is to install an App like 1Password. These apps not only store your info so you can find it again, but some also create secure passwords for you – like really hard ones you’d never remember – to keep your info safe. If you don’t want to spring for the app, get a notebook and write down all your passwords and keep it somewhere safe. The harder you make your passwords, the harder they are to hack!
2. Update Your Browser
Updates can be annoying but they are there for a reason. Keeping your browser up to date means you have the latest security features to keep hackers out. Old versions of the soft wear can be more susceptible to things like identity theft and obtaining credit card information so don’t click “later” next time that box pops up.
3. Double Verify
If you’re really nervous about your stuff getting hacked, or if you have some really questionable stuff you want to keep secret, you can use Google’s Double Verification feature for extra security. Every time you login from an unknown computer it will send a verification code to your phone or email to make sure it’s you. Annoying? Maybe. Secure? Yes.
So there you have it! A couple quick tips to make your online browsing more secure and help you avoid getting hacked. And to the 37 million Ashley Madison users out there, good luck.