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Protect Your Privacy With Better Password
It's a common dilemma we all face, trying to remember a password for one of the many devices, or one of the dozens of websites we use each day. But while simple passwords may make it easier to manage your daily tasks, they could make your life harder in the long run.
Easy codes are easy for others to guess. According to the app developer Splash Data, the two most popular passwords today are "1-2-3-4-5-6", and believe it or not, "password". Ten percent of people, also still use "1-2-3-4" as their ATM pin number, basically handing money to thieves should the card ever get lost or stolen. Many people re-use the same password for multiple accounts, and that's okay for websites that don't store any personal information, like online publications.
When it comes to sensitive accounts such as banks, email or social media, experts say big and random are your best bets. Avoid actual words and dates. Create a memorable password by abbreviating a sentence.
How about those password reset questions -- like what is your mothers middle name? Scarlett Johansson had her email hacked this way. The best way to be safe is to make something up since determined thieves can find missing information in public records. Experts recommend using names and places from your favorite movies or comic books as the answers to these questions.
Of course none of this is fool-proof, but the tougher the password, the easier you can sleep knowing your information is secure.
By Hunter Ellis