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Are my passwords secure?
After you email, buy online, and post on social media, do you ever ask yourself… “Are my passwords secure?” Learn why it’s important, and how to create a secure and easy-to-remember password for all of your accounts and online services.
Why I don't support
LastPass or 1Password
Having all of your passwords on a third-party system is not as secure as we need.
If a single hacker gains access to your email, they can re-set your account access. If they gain access to your 3rd-party account, they now have access TO ALL YOUR PASSWORDS.
How to create a secure password
How will I know if my password is secure?
Test Your Password: Here are some ways you can test your password. Don’t worry, they have no idea where you are using this or who you are, so it’s not collecting these to hack into your accounts. These free online services are just for testing your password.
Why Have Different Passwords For Each Service?
If you have a few, several, or many online accounts; Facebook, Instagram, Amazon, iTunes, Google, Netflix, etc you’ll want different passwords for each. If you’re using the same password on all of these accounts, you are at risk of getting your account hacked into.
Robot programs are skimming the web, looking for access into any account. ANY ACCOUNT. This can be your online shopping account, email, Facebook, whatever. When they get into one account, they will use that same password to attempt to get into other accounts. If you use a different password for each of your accounts (such as iTunes, Amazon, your mobile billing account) you’ll have less of a chance at getting hacked.
When Do I Share My Password To Customer Support?
If you are asked to share your account info through an email from your bank, insurance company, or even iTunes or Amazon, it’s a scam. No legitimate company would ask you to breach your account security. If you suspect that there may be a problem with your account, simply go to the service directly online and log in. If there is a security message for you, it will be displayed in your account somewhere at the top of the page. Otherwise, call the company directly. Never use the link or phone number in the mysterious email.
Learn More About Secure Passwords
Apple helps you with your Apple ID Password.
Google wants to help you secure your passwords
Microsoft offers more info about secure passwords.
Updates To This Article
UPDATE Nov 2017: Comparitech has a couple of resources which can also help:
UPDATE April 2014: In response to Heartbleed… Here’s a great article about changing your passwords on a yearly basis. I suggest each Daylight Savings switch.
UPDATE January 2023: What is Apple Passkey, and how will it help you go passwordless?