Please protect my information- change your password

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I own an Android phone. When I meet someone new, I am quick to add his/her information to my contacts. It’s just good practice. I might lose business cards, but I’m not likely to lose my phone. It’s not in my best interest. One of the cool features of Android is contact syncing. If I lose my phone, I won’t lose your information.

But there’s some inherent risk in that feature. This convenience means your information-your name, address, email, phone- is stored in the cloud. On the Internet. This means that if someone hacks my Google account, that person will have all of your contact info. How many times have you had friends or family get their email hacked (take a moment to remember those emails from your grandma advertising Cialis)? How many of those people have contact sync in place?

This gets me wondering about you. Have you ever received an email from me? Have you ever sent me one? If yes, my Google username is probably being stored in your mailbox somewhere. Once someone knows that (which, of course, will have my name attached), that person just needs to figure out my password. Is that person going to be able to figure out my password from our correspondence? Have I ever mentioned the names of my family members, a favorite movie, or beloved pets? Have I ever admitted to having terrible password practices, just tacking a number on to the same base word (such as taco1, taco2- have I ever expressed a craving for a favorite food?) in a revolving password scheme I won’t forget?

All of these questions have me wondering about you. Ask yourself a cutting question: Is your password stupid? You can be honest; now is the time. If it is, that’s okay. Just change it. Today. Right now. February 1st is Change Your Password Day. Don’t think about yourself. Who cares, after all, if your bank account gets drained. Think about me. I like my money. I like my privacy. I like to keep my friends’ information secure.

Read some of these articles:

How I’d Hack Your Weak Passwords

Your Passwords Aren’t As Secure As You Think

How to Build a (Nearly) Hack-Proof Password System with LastPass and a Thumb Drive

Use This Infographic to Pick a Good, Strong Password

Once you’ve decided on some new ones, check to see how secure they are. And, while you’re at it, don’t forget to update your weak-ass security questions.

Thank you.

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