How often do you change your password? 500,000 stolen email passwords discovered

Written by Randy on . Posted in Internet, Randy's Blog, Tech

How often do you change your password?  If you’re like most people that answer is Never or only when the Damn computer makes me! It’s a good idea to change your password often and to make it complex.  Not complex for you, but complex for others.  It should contain at least 3 of these four; Letters (UPPER and lower) Numbers and Symbols (~!@#$%^&*()_+`;:'<>?,.\][{}).  So to make it easy for you, take a few words or a phrase and take a few letters each from them so that there are NO complete words (from any language).  Never use a name of a loved one or pet.  Don’t think you are clever picking something like “monkey” or “iloveu” because next to “Password” they are some of the (NYTimes) most popular passwords.  Don’t share your passwords with Anyone.  And this one is important….  ALWAYS go directly to the source to change them.  Never click a link in an e-mail that says it needs your password.  This is how many people scam or phish out passwords. Think it’s all a waste?  No one cares about your password or could possibly guess that you use your Son/Daughters name (or birthday).  Read the below ZDNet article about some of the passwords that found..  What about the ones we don’t know about? 500,000 stolen email passwords discovered in Waledac’s cache | ZDNet.

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