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Passwords: Change Them All, Change Them Now

There's no shortage of articles on strong password tips, but what was once considered strategic and clever -- such as using symbols, capitalizations and numbers like 3 in place of the letter "e" -- are old tricks. So here's what you need to know now:

  • Use a different password for each account you use -- you wouldn't use the same key in all of your locks. The same goes for passwords.
  • Experts say only those who use random unique passwords on every site have reduced their risk from this latest breach. If you re-use passwords you are critically exposed.
  • Security firm McAfee suggests avoiding password words that include personal information, like your birthday, pet's name or a favorite color because they're easy for hackers to guess. Passwords should also be long -- at least 14 characters -- and when you use common replacements (like symbols and letters), make sure they're not tacked on at the end; scatter them throughout.
  • Some password management apps (ie: offer a quick and easy password generator.

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