33% of computer users actually use the same password for every single website they use. Just one in five users say they use a different password for every site (imagine how many passwords you would need)!!
Millions of web users are being asked to reset their passwords as concerns spread over a major hacking attack on the Gawker site.
The attack on Gawker, which runs one of the world’s most popular blog networks, was carried out over the weekend by an organisation calling itself Gnosis.
Tips for keeping your password safe
Never use the same password across lots of different websites.
Do not use a word that you – or a hacker – could find in the dictionary: these are susceptible to so-called ‘brute force’ attacks.
Try to include some digits and special characters to add a layer of complexity that will make life difficult for a criminal.
Pick a phrase or mnemonic that helps you remember your password.
You can avoid having to remember passwords altogether by using a password manager program. There are many available to download online.
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