If your data is leaked, there are a few ways to minimize the damage

If your data is leaked, there are a few ways to minimize the damage

The first and best way is to choose unique passwords for all of your accounts. Anyone who gets hold of one of your passwords isn’t going to be able to do anything with it, because it won’t work on any other sites.

We’ve shown you all sorts of ways to come up with strong passwords. And using a tool like LastPass’s password generator (pictured above) will give you nearly-uncrackable passwords. The top 10 passwords from AdultFriendFinder were as follows:

  1. 123456
  2. 12345
  3. 123456789
  4. 12345678
  5. 1234567890
  6. 1234567
  7. password
  8. qwerty
  9. qwertyuiop

These ten passwords were in use by almost three million accounts, with “123456” making up over 900,000 of those. It’s embarrassing.

Come On, People

Our entire lives are online, and in many cases, they’re protected by little more than a single password. The companies we entrust our data to aren’t doing a good job of protecting it. We’re putting too much faith in them, and we’re not putting in the effort to create backstops. This just shouldn’t be happening anymore.

Hackers are out there, and they’re not going to go away. In fact, they’re only going to use more sophisticated methods to wreak havoc. We need to start demanding better protection from providers, and we need to take steps to protect ourselves.

Have you been affected by this data breach? Even if you’re not, will you reconsider your personal online security because of it? Share your thoughts in the comments below!

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