Saturday, June 6, 2009

Lessons Learned - Do Not Share Passwords

Passwords are an amazing thing. They are the key to many things in our lives. To our bank accounts, retirement accounts, e-mail, FaceBook, LinkedIn, and Twitter just to name a few. Today I have a story about my son and his ex-girlfriend who just so happened to know his password to his gmail account and his FaceBook passwords. I didn't ask, but I'm assuming that they were probably the same.

Lessons Learned
  • Don't share passwords with anyone!
  • Don't use the same password for multiple accounts.
  • Don't rely on FaceBook to respond too quickly. Hacked accounts are common.
Today our lives are out there on the Internet with all the social networks. When accounts can be taken over by someone, things can start to go wrong quickly. Sometimes hackers take control of these accounts when they are able to compromise your PC due to you not keeping your PC software up to date. Or worse, some you know and loved but now you've parted ways. Sometimes not on the best of terms. That is when things can turn bad quickly. So protect yourself, my recommendation is not to share these passwords at all. Don't re-use the same password. Once a hacker steals your login credentials, they probably have many more of your accounts because if you are like most, you use the same user ID and password for multiple accounts.

OK, well have a super fabulous Saturday night and to the rest of the weekend also. Stay safe out there.

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