Monday, December 27, 2010

Quick Tips: How Secure Is Your Password?

 The New York Times reported on January 22 that 20% of all computer users typically use passwords that are easily hacked. A review of nearly 32 million passwords found that users are still choosing simple, easily remembered passwords in lieu of more complex combinations that might better prevent unwanted access. The six most popular passwords found in the study include:

• 12345

• 123456

• 123456789

• password

• iloveyou

• princess

The experts recommend using two different passwords — one 12 characters long for sites such as banks and e-mail, and an easier-to-remember one for social networking and entertainment sites. Changing your passwords on a regular basis is also recommended to maintain the security of your private information.

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