The recent successful cyber-attack on online retailer, Zappos, should sound a warning to everyone who uses the Internet for activities that involve sensitive information. Hackers stole important information from approximately 24,000,000 users of the Zappos site. Information that was stolen included names, addresses, telephone numbers and the last four digits of customers’ credit card numbers.

Secure password practice is extremely important when an Internet user is developing their online persona. Unfortunately, many folks use inadequate and even unsafe techniques when they developed their passwords. Here are some do’s and don’ts for password creation and usage.

  • Don't use passwords that are easy to crack. Use a combination of upper and lowercase letters and numbers. Do not use common words or the names of your children or pets.
  • Do use a different password for every website log on. This is especially true if you use social networking sites. Use the secure mode on networking sites if it is available.
  • Use a password generator to make your passwords. This type of software will generate random passwords and allow you to store them in one place on your computer. The password database is encrypted and requires a password to open, the only one that you will have to remember.
  • Only enter password and personal identification information on websites that display the secure website symbol.

The Data Rescue Center recommends that you also use caution when you need emergency data recovery. You need to choose a data recovery company that is trustworthy. Our data recovery service is located in Livermore, California. We hold a Better Business Bureau A+ rating. All of our employees, including our recovery engineers, are given extensive background checks before they are hired as well. We are the only data recovery service in the world with a Class 2 Vault to store your hard drive.