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Creating Secure Passwords

Creating Secure Passwords

Ultimately you need to update your passwords.  It’s an unfortunate fact of modern life.  Last month Adobe was hacked, and hackers weren’t going after photo-shopped pictures.  Hackers got credit card information of up to 38 million customers.

An analyst went through 1.9 million of the passwords that were hacked, and found more than a million people used 123456.  The number two password was 123456789.  “Qwerty” was popular.  And “password”, or “password1” and “password2”.

“It’s hard to believe people still do that, but they do,” computer security expert and author Joe Kissell told KTRH News.  He says they may start hacking into any public website, such as Adobe, and their hope is that you use the same password for sites that give them access to your money.  “They’re looking for things that can either have credit card numbers in them, bank accounts or some other financial thing.”

“An even worse thing than having a bad password is to use the same password on multiple sights,” says Kissell.  Ouch.  Raise your hand if that’s you.  Never mind.  Most of us do.  So how do we everyday non-techies protect ourselves in this day and age?

Kissell says it’s not practical to come up with a long and difficult password for each site requiring one.  “Don’t tax your brain,” Kissell says.  “Get a piece of software that will do that for you.  There’s lastpass, which is free.  There’s 1password, which is what I use.  There’s dashlane.  Lots and lots of password managers.  And they’re just little apps that will create passwords for you and remember them and fill them in when you need them.   So it doesn’t cause you any pain to create unique, long, strong passwords for every site because you don’t have to do the work of creating them or remembering them.”

Kissell’s advice: set aside a little time, Google “password app”, “password managers”, “password generators”  try different combinations of words to Goggle, read CNet or other trusted sources.  Find what works for you.

 

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