GREEN BAY, Wis. (WFRV) Internet hackers are making headlines once again as over a billion passwords have been stolen. The hackers were based overseas. However, when it comes to cyber crime, the bad guys are going global.
At Green Bay Net website design, Elliot Christenson says security is a priority. He advises his clients to always use multiple passwords and to make each unique.
"The biggest thing is make sure they are different," said Christenson. "Everything should be different and they should be complicated."
Words of advice that he hopes they put in practice after word Wednesday of the largest known online cyber theft to date."
"There is nothing anybody can do to guarantee absolute security," said the web designer.
Hold Security based in a Milwaukee suburb says they have discovered that Russian hackers stole 1.2 billion username and password combinations, collected 524 million email addresses and broke into 420,000 different websites worldwide.
"We were able to research this particular gang and find this staggering discovery," said Alex Holden, Hold Security founder. "Russia is one of those hotbeds of cyber crime because people there are intelligent but they feel that their crimes will go unpunished."
Christenson says usernames and passwords are like keys to your house.
"If they get a hold of your username and password and you use that somewhere else like Facebook - they have access to Facebook or whatever you use that name and password for , or something even similar," said Christenson.
Cyber experts say to keep yourself safe you need to change your passwords often and not use the same password for multiple sites: specifically your email, banking, and social media log-ins.
Christenson also suggests using password manager software, which generates and remembers longer passwords, which provide the best security.