New way available to navigate a sea of passwordsFargo, ND (WDAY TV) - A massive cyber theft has left nearly two million accounts on over ninety-three thousand websites hacked, leaving a decent chance that you, or someone you know, has been affected.
By: Brian Abel, WDAY
Fargo, ND (WDAY TV) - A massive cyber theft has left nearly two million accounts on over ninety-three thousand websites hacked, leaving a decent chance that you, or someone you know, has been affected.
Passwords for many of our favorite websites like Facebook, Google, and Yahoo have been recently compromised as part of a huge cyber hack, that might be ongoing.
And quite often once someone has one password, they have them all.
Karissa Meiers/Online Account User: "I try to stick to one otherwise I completely forget what it is."
Walter Lanza/Online Account User: "I know I have the same 3 passwords for everything so."
"I stick with certain ones."
As the US moves more and more in the direction of online banking and payments.
The average American has multiple accounts to keep track of.
Lanza: "I have, probably have around I'd say between 15 and 25."
Banks, credit cards, utility accounts, e-mails, social media, so how do we keep all of those passwords secure?
Schott: "Once every 90 days at a minimum change your password. Passwords should be a combination of letters, numbers and symbols. Never use the same password more than once a year and never use your password on more than one website or account.”
But how can we possibly keep track of them all.
Turns out there's an app, or multiple apps for that.
1password and OneSafe are just two of the mobile apps you can use to not only keep your passwords difficult to hack.
But also easy to organize.
If keeping passwords on your phone isn't your shtick, a USB flash drive with fingerprint protection might be a stronger storage option for you.
Schott: "Biometrics is a great idea. I use it on all of my laptops"