Keep Social Media Passwords Separate

by Vered DeLeeuw

Some news sites are reporting that LinkedIn passwords have been leaked. This is a good reminder that social media sites are vulnerable to attacks and that using the same password for more than one site is asking for trouble.

It’s especially important not to use the same password for social media accounts and for email, and – this hopefully goes without saying – to use the same password for social media accounts and for financial accounts.

As annoying as it is, and I know it is, ideally you should have a separate, long, 12-random-character password for each and every site you use, certainly sites where personal information is stored. Here’s a good password generator in case you need some help with this task.

How do you manage all these passwords? There are companies that provide software that does that for you. You can also do it the old fashioned way, writing down passwords – but don’t save them on your computer and don’t write them all down on the same document.

Now go change your LinkedIn password. 🙂

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