A pox on those hackers! Once again they're up to no good, leaking millions of LinkedIn and eHarmony account passwords
on the Internet.
Most of the time, everything is OK in our little online worlds: Our passwords are secure and everything works the way it should. So it's easy to get a little lazy. And when you don't do your due diligence, hackers once again get to indulge their incessant need to show the world how freaking smart they are.
If you haven't done an assessment of your password prowess in a while, here are some quick reminders:
1. Whenever possible, your passwords should contain a combination of letters, numbers, and special characters.
2. Designate a different password for each online account type you manage, i.e., one password for email accounts, one password for financial accounts, etc. This way, if hackers compromise one account, it's less likely they'll be able to compromise them all.
3. Don't wait for a crisis to change your passwords; set a reminder for yourself to change your passwords at least quarterly. And of course, change all of your passwords any time you notice suspicious activity.
4. Never use common words or dates, such as your birthday, in your passwords. And don't use the names of loved ones.
5. Don't ever give an obvious answer to a security question. In fact, if you create your own security question, do it — and make it especially obscure.
6. NEVER let any program remember your password. Ever.