Hackers have stolen usernames and passwords for nearly two million accounts at Facebook, Google, Twitter, Yahoo and others, according to http://money.cnn.com/2013/12/04/technology/security/passwords-stolen/,


Here are some good basic tips for passwords:


Change periodically – Make it a habit to change your passwords at least twice a year..


Non-Alpha is your friend: – Use one or two non-alphanumeric characters in your password. Use @ instead of an “a”, use a 5 instead of an “s”, a Zero for an "o", etc. 

As an example, let's choose the word Christmas and use the non-alpha characters we talked about in the previous tip, changing the "s" to a 5, and the "a" to @. We end up with Chri5tm@s.


Be Unique! – Never use the same password for different sites. It’s easier than you think to remember unique passwords. 

The way to easily make it unique on different sites is to do something like use letters from those sites to augment your now more secure password.


FChri5tm@sM is a good one for your FM account. We put the “F” for Florida, use "Chri5tm@s", and follow up with the “M” for Money. Pretty easy to remember right?


We can now use that same password with minimal changes… FChri5tm@sB for FaceBook, LChri5tm@sI for Linked-in, GChri5tm@sM for Gmail, WChri5tm@sF for Wells Fargo, etc.




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