As part of European Cyber Security Month, the CCB and the Cyber Security Coalition (CSC) are launching a cyber-security awareness campaign for the sixth time. This year they want to encourage the internet user to strongly secure accounts with two-step verification.
Online accounts, such as e-mail, social networks, internet banking and online web shops, are usually protected with a username and password. “Unfortunately, users often choose passwords that are easy to remember and they also use the same password for different accounts,” said Miguel De Bruycker, director of the CCB. “That makes it easy for hackers to access those accounts. If an outsider gains access to an account, they can impersonate and abuse it.”
De Bruycker advises users to set up as much as possible “two-step verification”, to use different passwords and to have them managed by an online password vault. “I only know one password: the password for my password vault. All my passwords are stored in that vault. The password vault also created strong passwords of more than 20 characters for all my accounts, which I never need to know, let alone remember. “
“With two or more step verification, for example, you use a password and you also have a code sent to your mobile phone or smartphone on top of that. Or you use your fingerprint and a code to gain access,” explains De Bruycker.
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