Yahoo Passwords Leaked Online: Could Yours Be One of Them?

It seems every week hackers are breaking into people's online accounts, stealing their passwords, and posting them online. Hackers do this, they claim, because they want to show which companies have lax security. And, I'm guessing, they are very bored. Anyway, the latest major breach of online security comes from Yahoo, where almost half a million people had their email accounts broken into, and their passwords and identification information posted online. However, leaked passwords apparently also included domains from Gmail, AOL, and Hotmail.

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The passwords were taken offline, so I can't tell you where to find the place they're posted. But they are still bouncing around BitTorrent sites, which I can't say I'm that familiar with. The best thing to do is go on ahead and change your passwords, just to be on the safe side. I know, it sucks. Especially if you use the same password for everything -- but that is the least safe way to go.

Apparently the most common password was "123456" followed by "password." Seriously, people? Where's your imagination? Other popular passwords included "welcome," "ninja," "abc123," "123456789," "12345678," "sunshine," "princess," and "qwerty." Are any of these yours? Remember these are not the ONLY ones that were leaked, just what was most popular.

It's always a good idea to change your password every few months. Yes, it's a pain in the derriere, but just do it. And then keep your passwords safe if, like me, you don't have a great password memory.

Some quick password precautions: Don't use sequential numbers. Don't use your husband's, children's, or pets' names. Don't use your birthdate. Don't use the passwords named in this post. And don't use "ChristianGrey" because I'm thinking that one is pretty popular right now.

What do you do to keep your passwords secret? Have you ever guessed someone's?

 

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