Consumer Alert: Protection against hacking

Experts say the best way to prevent hacking is to have a strong password.

Experts say the best way to prevent hacking is to have a strong password. (4/1/16)

EDISON - The CEO of a New Jersey company that specializes in cybersecurity says that the company has been the victim to repeat hacking itself and wants to warn others about the dangers of hacking.

Scott Schober, CEO of Berkeley Varitronics in Metuchen, says that he believes both he and his company began getting targeted by hackers after he began making the rounds as a Web security experts. He has not written about the experience in the book “Hacked Again.”

“I realized I could be a target, even though I had things in place to keep us secure,” Schober says. “Anybody can be a target.”

Schober says that he has learned that about 85 percent of hacks are the results of weak passwords. He says that it is important to never use the same password for more than one account.

Passwords should be long, a minimum of 12 characters, including upper and lowercase letters, numbers and symbols. If the Website allows multifactor authentication, Schober says that’s even better.

“If you have multifactor or two-factor authentication, which is simply when you're logging on, and it could be your Google email, you get a text with a unique one-time code that you have to enter in at your login point. That makes it extremely difficult for somebody to hack you,” he says.

Schober says that if a user chooses to keep track of their passwords by using an encrypted manager, they should choose one that is very secure. This will prevent a hacker from taking all of the user’s passwords at once.

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