On the fourth episode of CoffeeBreak with CoffeeBot, Digital CB Solutions’ Content Development Team Lead, Julia Sta. Romana, and CoffeeBot Operations Director, Jessica Madrazo sat with their new VA team member Aldwin Edades to discuss virtual security and tips on how to stay safe online.

Sta. Romana said that the discussion was in line with the recent security breach of Google’s CEO Sundar Pichai’s Quora account. The hack was found to be perpetrated by a group called “OurMine”. OurMine claims to be a three-manned group. They claimed that they were “testing” the social media accounts of famous personalities.

Sta. Romana also cited a photo that recently went viral. The photo showed Zuckerberg posing for the 500 million subscribers celebration of Instagram. The Facebook CEO’s microphone and camera on his laptop have been covered with tape.

When asked whether it is possible for mobile and computer devices to be hacked and take videos or photos of the owner, Edades affirmed that it is possible. He admitted that although he doesn’t know how to hack into other people’s accounts, Edades confirmed that it is possible.

Edades said that hasn’t had cases of security breach in his social media accounts. He noted that hacking is a very complex process and demands wide knowledge. Sta. Romana then added that the biggest security breaches are more personal rather than technical. “When you don’t change your passwords often or change your passwords, that’s something a hacker can easily obtain”, she said.

Madrazo agreed and stated that it’s the personal information that people share online that made the Linked In breach very controversial. She said that personal and professional information stored in the platform could be used by hackers to anyone.

Sta. Romana asked Edades for his recommended online security measures as an Information Technology graduate, to which he responded by emphasizing on creating a tricky but easy to remember password.

“In making a password, it is really not recommended to use your birthday as password or phone number or pets name or anything that will point to you”. Edades said. “A very good example of a password is, for example, your favorite quote. Use the capital letters of your favorite quote and add some numbers, and poof!, its a good password.” He added.  Madrazo also seconded and said that using a person’s birthday or mother’s name is also discouraged.

Sta. Romana then asked about the effectiveness of password manager software that automatically generate passwords. Edades answered saying that although it can be effective; personally creating a password is still more recommended and easier. He said that personally creating a password doesn’t only make it easier for the person to remember the password, but also harder for the hacker to break in to the profile.

When asked how often a password should be changed, Edades uggested that twice a year could make it more secure. Madrazo then added that cases of security breaching is not only limited to a person’s password. Like in Sundar’s case, he was hacked through his Quora account. She stated that the security breach started with a minor hack into the Quora account which was used by the hackers to connect to the Google CEO’s Twitter account.

Madrazo emphasized that users should be careful when connecting their social media accounts. She stressed that once there is a security breach in one of the accounts, linking various accounts make it easier for the hackers to get into the person’s other social media profiles.

Meanwhile, Sta. Romana acknowledged that linking social media accounts has its advantages as it allows the person to post across social media platforms at once. When asked by Sta. Romana whether he recommends linking accounts, Edades said that he’d suggest creating separate accounts for work and personal profile.

Edades shared an online security lesson he learned from one of his professors in college that it is better for individuals to establish two work-related and personal social media accounts. This way, even if one of the profiles get hacked, there is another profile that can still be saved.

The Facebook Live session ended with Madrazo and Sta. Romana’s promotion of CoffeeBot’s latest ebook entitled “Why Outsourcing is Like Dating” which is downloadable on the CoffeeBot website. CoffeeBreak with CoffeeBot episodes are posted on CoffeeBot’s Facebook page, and Youtube Channel. CoffeeBot is also on Twitter under the handle @CoolCoffeeBot.

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