Use Different Passwords for Different Sites

I woke up today to a couple of tweets from friends, “Did you get hacked?”.  Uh oh.  Not a good message to see first thing in the morning.

There were couple of tweets about Russian work-from-home sites from me.  Definitely not something I remembered tweeting.  I immediately logged on to Twitter and changed my password.

A little while later I became aware that over 6 million LinkedIn passwords had been exposed on a Russian hackers forum.  Then I remembered that my Twitter and LinkedIn passwords were the same, so I immediately changed my LinkedIn password … this time with something unique.  Embarrassingly, I had written about this a few months ago.  At the time I didn’t take either site too seriously, but I now see that this can hurt your online reputation.

I already use different passwords on my banking sites or any site that saves payment information – PayPal, eBay, Amazon. Tonight I am updating passwords on several other websites, just to be safe.

I don’t have proof that the LinkedIn hack was related to my problem with Twitter.  I’m just glad I noticed this before any serious damage was done.

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Does someone already know my password?

Hacker groups over the last few years have exposed millions of user passwords.  Lists of bad passwords reveal many simple and predictable passwords.

Some are lazy keyboard passwords like “qwerty”, “asdfasdf” or “123456”.  Then there are security related passwords like “password” or “secret” or “private”.  Strange passwords like “cheese” and “monkey” are also common.

You can bet that anytime someone tries to break into a website that they start with those passwords.  Use our site to select a better password today.