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Protect Yourself Against Leaked Passwords
By: KC Morgan
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    2010-02-03

    Table of Contents:
  • Protect Yourself Against Leaked Passwords
  • How to Spot Phishers
  • Password Strength
  • Protect Your Passwords!

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    Phishing isnít the only problem to blame when it comes to leaked passwords. There are other reasons your passwords might be discovered, and most of them have to do with you. Be honest: how much effort and thought do you actually put into the security of your passwords?

    A recent analysis of Hotmail passwords shows that some people use 123456 as their passwords, a security risk so great it doesnít even need to be put into words. If you arenít putting any time into creating your passwords, thereís a good chance that it wonít take much time at all for online thieves to crack that code. Once your e-mail has been compromised, itís possible for almost any other password in your possession to be discovered.  

    Youíve probably noticed it yourself: how easy is it for you to change or obtain your password once itís been forgotten? And how does it all work? Thatís right -- through your e-mail.

    But this doesnít mean you should only worry about password safety on one account. After all, you never know when and where danger will strike. Put time and effort into establishing good, strong passwords, and increase your own online safety tenfold.  

    Sites like Password Meter help you test the strength of your passwords, offering convenient guidelines to aid you in creating strong information that will be hard to break. Easy-to-discover passwords are often found through phishing kits, which try password combinations and malicious software programs to open multiple online accounts. By making sure you have strong passwords that are extremely difficult to guess, youíre taking an extra security measure to protect yourself against leaks and cracks.

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