Attempted Account Hacking – Update or Change Passwords

Personal and home business users be warned.  I awoke this morning and as usual, checked email for any immediate responses needed.  I received one piece of bad news:

Google Notice

Google Notice

This is certainly not me.  I’ve only been to Virginia once – some years ago – and an application tried to sign in to my gmail account.  Fortunately, Google recognized this problem and alerted me.

I immediately changed passwords for anything related to Homepreneurs: WordPress, Twitter, Pinterest, and gmail.  The WordPress account is not quite as obvious so I thought I’d share quick tips with screen prints.

– In your dashboard, click on the users setting and then personal settings

WordPress Password Change Step 1

WordPress Password Change Step 1

– Scroll to the bottom of the page to the New Password area

WordPress password change - Step 2

WordPress password change – Step 2

– Enter a strong or very strong password.  Passwords should be at least seven characters, using a combination of upper case and lower case letters, numbers, and symbols.  No blank space.

– Click on Save Changes and at the top of the page, note User Updated.  Password is now changed.

It is important to remember 3 items:

1) Change passwords regularly, every 45 to 90 days

2) Do not use the same passwords for multiple accounts, especially financial accounts

3) Use strong or very strong passwords.  Do not use commonly found dictionary words.

By Dion D. Shaw

Dion D. Shaw is the founder and owner of Homepreneurs

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