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Old 12-06-2013, 12:20 PM
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Password Safety

It has happened again. Google, Facebook, Yahoo and other accounts have been hacked. All users should immediately change their password and their security questions for each site.

Read more here
http://www.washingtontimes.com/news/...ter-passwords/

I have a blog on how to choose a secure password and stay safe online. I will post it here or you can click the link to go to my blog.
Never use the same password for more than one site. To manage your passwords you can download a free password manager.
I like KeePass
http://keepass.info/

Tips for creating a secure password

Choose a password that is at least 6 characters long. 8-10 characters is a better choice.
Include letters, numbers and symbols. Use case sensitivity (upper and lower case letters). Use as many different characters as possible. The longer the password is the better.
Don’t use the same password for everything. For example you may go to web sites on the internet such as message boards or daily news sites. Don’t use the same password you use for email or online banking on those sites. Use a unique password for any site you visit that is personal.
Don’t use common words, geographical names or locations, your name, your pet’s name, the name of a family member, your address, phone number, birthday or other meaningful number or date or any other personal information. Don’t use any words that can be found in the dictionary.
Don’t save your password in your web browser.
Choose a password you can remember but that is not easy for someone else to guess. For example, take your first two childhood pets names. Fido and Duke. Use a combination of those two names with one or more numbers and symbols. You could use Capital F, lowercase o, the number 1, the & sign, Capital D, lower case e and the number 2. Fo1&De2
Keep your password to yourself. Never give it to someone else.
Change your password often. Every 1-3 months.
If you suspect someone has your password change it immediately.
Make sure no one is standing next to you or watching when you enter your password.
Avoid typing your password on any public computer.

Use an online password generator if you don’t want to choose the password yourself. There are many sites on the internet that will allow you to generate a random, secure password.
http://www.onlinepasswordgenerator.com/
http://www.pctools.com/guides/password/
http://www.onlinepasswordgenerator.net/index.php
https://www.grc.com/passwords.htm

This site shows a list of the most commonly used passwords. Never choose one of them or any other password that is easy to guess.
http://www.whatsmypass.com/the-top-5...ds-of-all-time

Other useful links
https://www.grc.com/haystack.htm
http://www.howtogeek.com/103560/the-...ampaign=220112
http://ask-leo.com/whats_a_good_password.html
http://ask-leo.com/creating_good_passwords.html
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