Should I Change My Password?

If you ever find yourself asking that question, answer with a resounding YES!!

I don’t care if I sound like a broken record…

***PASSWORDS ARE ONLY AS SAFE AS YOU MAKE THEM***

Of the things that I’ve previously mentioned about creating strong passwords, one of THE MOST IMPORTANT is that you don’t use the same password for everything!  When my password was obtained in the Gawker hack, GUESS WHAT, it wasn’t a big deal because that was an insecure password that I’d specifically used for only a handful of sites that I didn’t particularly care about.  I was able to change those couple of accounts and not give it a second thought, because I knew that all of my other accounts were secure with different (and much stronger) passwords.

But since many people do use the same e-mail address and password for all of their accounts, Daniel Grzelak has created a way for you to check if your information was exposed in any of the well publicized web site hacks recently (think the Sony PlayStation network problems, the Gawker database hack in December, and everything else that has happened in between – it’s been a busy year for big hacks).

Daniel (Twitter: @dgarz), a cyber security consultant, has compiled a database of e-mail addresses that have been gathered and published by the hackers behind those various attacks.  On his site (www.ShouldIChangeMyPassword.com), you can enter your e-mail address and if it is in his database, he advises that you change your passwords immediately.

This doesn’t mean just change the password for your e-mail account, but also to change the password for any account on any web site where you’ve used that e-mail address.

For more information about Daniel and ShouldIChangeMyPassword.com, see Parmy Olson’s article on Forbes.com.

Don’t forget to see my previous article on password security for additional tips on creating strong passwords.

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