image-passwordThe game show, Password, first aired in 1961.  It might be fun using celebrity’s clues to guess their passwords, but do you really want strangers guessing YOUR password?

You know you’re guilty of it:  using the same password for everything.  We understand how annoying it is to try and remember all those passwords.  If you’re using the same password for sites that don’t share sensitive information, like a login to a news feed you like to read, then it’s generally okay.

HOWEVER, the ONE password you want to keep unique is your email password!  If an ecommerce site you’ve registered at or bought from gets hacked (and you’ve used the SAME password you usually use for everything including email), you can pretty much bet hackers are going to gain access to your Inbox.  They’ll have your email and your password to the ecommerce site and will use that to hack in.  From there, they’ll have fertile ground for getting all your data and other passwords.

A good rule of thumb is to use a phrase…something easy to type but hard to guess with some caps, numbers and special characters thrown in.  For example:


First published in our September 2016 IT Radix Resource newsletter

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