Changing passwords is a pain in the behind. But everyone should be doing this because of the Heartbleed security problems that have come to surface the last few days: http://www.techmeme.com/140410/p3#a140410p3

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Heartbleed SSL vulnerability… Go read the mashable article with sites that were compromised

Originally shared by +Robert Scoble

Changing passwords is a pain in the behind. But everyone should be doing this because of the Heartbleed security problems that have come to surface the last few days: http://www.techmeme.com/140410/p3#a140410p3

Some things:

1. If you don't have a different password for each site you are doing it wrong! (Particularly for banks, email, and major social networks).
2. If your password isn't at least 12 characters long, you are doing it wrong!
3. If your passwords have ANY dictionary names in them, you are doing it wrong (things that appear in the dictionary).
4. If you aren't using two-factor authentication on EVERY site that offers such (Gmail, Facebook, Twitter all do) then you are doing it wrong.
5. If you aren't using a password manager like Lastpass then you are probably doing it wrong (I let it generate all my passwords now to make sure I get truly strong 20-character passwords).

Good luck out there!

The Heartbleed Hit List: The Passwords You Need to Change Right Now
This story, by Mashable, appeared on Techmeme.

Comments: 3

  1. Craig Pifer 11 Apr 2014 Reply

    I'm glad to know that I'm doing it wrong on all counts. If I did all those things I'd never remember how to log into anything.

  2. Brent Burzycki 11 Apr 2014 Reply

    This is all a ploy to get everyone to pick better passwords… 🙂

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