IT Security Tip #16: Make THIS password different from everything else
You know you’re guilty of it: using the same password for everything. Believe me, I understand how annoying it is to try and remember all those passwords; and if you’re using the same password for sites that don’t share sensitive information, like a login to a news feed you like to read, then it’s generally okay.
HOWEVER, the ONE password you want to keep unique is your e-mail password. If an e-commerce site you’ve registered at or bought from gets hacked – and you’ve used the SAME password you usually use for everything to register at the site – you can pretty much bet hackers are going to gain access to your in-box. They’ll have your e-mail and your password to the e-commerce site and will use that to hack in. From there, they’ll have fertile ground for getting all your data and other passwords.
Managing passwords can be daunting. Some say don’t keep them on your computer and others say just use one majorly complex password. I say use a password manager like LastPass or RoboForm. There are plenty of others, but these are ones we have day to day experience with. LastPass is, by far my favorite. Its free for personal use as well. Links to both are below.
I hope this is helpful!