Hi From Glenn!
One of the main threats to your online security is weak passwords that are used multiple times on different sites. The 20 most common passwords are…
These passwords are shockingly common actually. But even if you don’t use one of these passwords, odds are you use a password that is less than 10 characters long and you use it on multiple websites.
If this is true, then you are at a VERY high risk of getting hacked and your data stolen. Remember, websites get hacked. Your email and password have almost certainly been stolen already.
In January of 2019, Newsweek reported that, “A massive data breach containing almost 773 million email addresses and more than 21 million passwords has been dumped online. Security researcher Troy Hunt discovered the breach after the data appeared briefly on the cloud service MEGA and then remained on what Hunt has called “a popular hacking forum” in a folder labeled Collection #1. The 87GB breach contains 772,904,991 unique email addresses and 21,222,975 unique passwords.”
This breach gathered passwords of people from over 2,000 sites. So, I want you to notice something about this snippet: “The 87GB breach contains 772,904,991 unique email addresses and 21,222,975 unique passwords.” So 772 million email addresses were stolen, but there were only 21 million passwords!!! That means that the VAST MAJORITY of people reuse passwords on multiple sites.
So if I’m a hacker and I see your email is attached to 10 different sites, and you always use the password, “iheartpugs1980”, then I can assume that you use the same password on every site. All I have to do then is to go to any major site and try your username and password to get in and potentially steal from you.
Watch this short video from Edward Snowden.
Passwords are at the heart of online security.
I urge you to take this seriously.
The rule for passwords is that you need to have a unique, long, complex password for each site you log into. For example, a good password looks like this…
Compare this password to one from the list above, such as “abc123”.
But it’s not enough to have a complex password. Every site that you log into should have a different password.
So, your email password may be…
And your password for Netflix may be…
And your password for your Amazon account may be…
When you look at these complex passwords, you will notice a few things…
First, there is no way that you can remember each of these passwords. The rule is, if you can remember it, it’s not complex enough.
Second, it would be a total pain in the butt to type these passwords into each site you visit. This is why you have a short, easy to remember password, right?
This is why there is one thing that almost all security experts agree on: you must use a password manager. It is one of the single most important things you have to do for proper password practices.
This brings us to the next topic we are going to cover, which is a password manager. This will take a number of steps.
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