Your Complete Guide to Staying Safe Online

Breaches happen. Facebook, Adobe, Marriott, Disney+, Capital One—they’re so common that we often tune them out. But since no company is immune, no person is either. Here, you’ll find specific steps you can take to minimize the hassle following a breach and advice on how to protect yourself in the future.

It’s 2020. You left your wEeZeRgurl screen name behind years ago. Time to change your passwords too.

Latest Breach Update: Unprecedented Twitter Attack Affects Accounts from President Obama to Kim Kardashian

In the worst security breach in the history of the company, multiple high-profile Twitter accounts—including President Barack Obama, Joe Biden, Elon Musk, Kanye West, and more—were hacked yesterday. Tweets promoting a bitcoin scam were sent from all accounts.

What to Do After a Breach

Even though 91% of people understand it’s a bad idea, 59% still reuse their passwords. This means your compromised passwords are likely being used elsewhere.

Time matters: the sooner you make moves, the better. Once you receive an alert about a data breach, follow these immediate next steps.

Creating unique passwords guarantees that when an account is breached, no other accounts are affected. The human brain, however, was not built to remember hundreds of passwords.

How Do I Know if I’ve Been Hacked?

Companies don’t always disclose hacks as soon as they happen. Plus, there are different types of hacks. They can happen to your email, social media, or personal device. So how do you know if you’ve been affected? Here are some clear signs to look out for:

– Unexpected software installs
– Suspicious activity on your bank statement
– Unauthorized charges on your phone bill
– Friend requests sent to strangers

To check whether your personal information has been exposed in a previous hack, visit DeHashed.

What Is the Difference Between a Hack and a Breach?

It all hinges on intent.

A hack is an intentional attack initiated in order to gain unauthorized access to a protected system (like a computer or server) to steal private information or hold the system ransom. A data breach occurs when data is unintentionally left in an unsecured environment and viewed by someone who shouldn’t have access to that data.

Understanding the Dark Side of the Internet

Terms like the dark web and malware get tossed around a lot, though most people only have a vague idea of what they actually mean. Understanding the ins and outs of the internet can feel a little daunting, so we enlisted our favorite writers to help explain the basics below. Because the more you know…

The Easiest Ways to Improve Your Online Security Right Now

1. Hey, guess what? You probably checked one thing off this list before you even started. Your phone is likely already encrypted. What is encryption exactly? Find out here.

2. If you’re cruising unprotected on public WiFi (think airport or coffee shop), a hacker with only a very basic bit of knowledge could see everything on your computer. This is why you need a VPN.

3. Changing your internet safety habits doesn’t have to feel overwhelming. If you only have 5 minutes, here are 5 things you can do to instantly improve your online security.

Passwords Made Simple

Making strong, safe, and unique passwords is easy using Dashlane’s Password Generator.

Resetting bad password habits can be a bit of a process. Luckily, Dashlane will help you at every step of the way. Here’s how.

Adding two-factor authentication to your accounts means that even if someone managed to get your email and password, they wouldn’t be able to log in.

We’ll Keep an Eye Out for You

Last year was the worst year on record for data breaches. Strong passwords are your best defense.

Dashlane’s job is to remove the burden of dealing with all those passwords while lowering your risk. In addition to notifying our users whenever there is a major breach, Dashlane offers Dark Web Monitoring with personalized alerts, so if your information is ever compromised, we’ll let you know right away.