Friday, May 22, 2009

Put your passwords to the test: Stopping online crooks takes a little patience and a little imagination

Every few months, a little box pops up on my office computer screen prompting me to change my password, and the dreaded countdown begins. It warns me I have 14 days to craft a new word or phrase that will act as gatekeeper to my online identity. Each day I ignore the task until I finally pick something lame at the last minute.

Sound familiar? Online security experts say passwords all too often are afterthoughts, and our lack of effort puts us at risk for identity theft and other computer crimes. When it comes to Internet security, passwords are the front line of defense.

Click here for suggestions on stopping hackers.

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