Tuesday, July 3, 2007

Online safety: test your passwords

After reading about an ebay hacking on Consumerism Commentary, I was reminded of the importance of having a secure password. Having your ebay account broken into may not be the end of the world, but your online banking? Your vanguard account? Worse, many people use the same password for all of these services. If one site password is stolen, the thieves have access to them all!

I use a password tester online from Microsoft, and I'd like to share that with you if you don't know about it already.

Password checker

Some basic tips for choosing a password: make it lengthy (14+ characters), combine letters, numbers, and symbols, use the entire keyboard, avoid repeated characters, avoid dictionary words, use a different password for each site, write the passwords down and keep them in your desk at home - not online.

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