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InfoLiteracyDuring the rest of October we will be doing posts relating to National Information Literacy Awareness Month and how you can increase your information literacy. In today’s post were looking at how to be smart about passwords.

So many people do it. You come up with one password and use it over and over again across the web. It’s easy to remember and what’s the big deal? Hackers know people do this and if they steal information from one website, which lists e-mails and passwords they may try them again on another site they like to access. Instead of always going with an easy to remember password, it’s a good idea to just plan on writing down your passwords and keep them handy that way so you don’t have to worry about not remembering them. Or if you can’t write them down, try to make them easy for you to remember & hard for anyone to hack (see stronger passwords article below). While it may not be that big a deal if a site where you use a discussion board of something gets hacked and no important personal information is stolen, if you use the same passwords for different important websites you’ve just handed hackers the keys for accessing your other accounts. So watch what password you use where.

Also, you might just want to up your game on the passwords you do use. Each year SplashData collects already compromised data to look for the most commonly used passwords. If you use any of the passwords on this list (each complete with a hilarious snarky comment), change it now in honor of National Information Literacy Awareness Month.

http://www.slate.com/blogs/future_tense/2014/01/22/_25_worst_passwords_what_your_terrible_common_password_says_about_you.html

Want to change to a stronger password? Check out his suggestion.
http://www.slate.com/blogs/business_insider/2013/12/08/how_to_create_a_secure_password_that_s_easy_to_remember.html

And learn more about passwords:
http://www.cnet.com/how-to/the-guide-to-password-security-and-why-you-should-care/

Sarah Uthoff is a reference library at Kirkwood Community College. LIKE the Kirkwood Community College Library on Facebook and find links to Sarah all over the web at her About Me Profile.

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