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Castle Computer Technologies Newsletter

Got a Bad Case of Password Exhaustion?


You’re not alone! Most people use the same password everywhere – home, work, Gmail, Facebook… even for banking. 

Considering how many passwords we’re expected to remember and use on a daily basis, password exhaustion is a very real thing. It’s no wonder that when yet another prompt for a password appears, users enter easily guessed combinations like ‘abcd’ or ‘password’.

Trouble is, even if your password is making the required effort, hackers are taking a daily stroll around the internet and collecting logins and passwords as they go, from either leaked details or sites with security flaws.

Then, they’ll try their luck with that login/password set elsewhere. They know more than half the internet users in the world have only one password and email combination, so the chance of gaining access to your accounts is actually quite high.


 

Even the big names in tech are at risk of password breaches. For example:
 

143 million MyFitnessPal emails and passwords leaked

117 million LinkedIn account details leaked


Now if your LinkedIn account used the same password as your banking, Amazon, and Facebook account, the hackers now have access to those accounts. 
 

What to Do If Your Password has Been Hacked

You can check to see if any of your accounts have been compromised by entering your email into haveibeenpwned.com

If it alerts a breach, you need to change your passwords immediately – all of them. If you’re struggling to remember your passwords, consider using a secure password tracker such as Lastpass

If you need help changing your passwords or setting up a secure password system, give us a call at 561.203.5970 or email us at support@castlecomputer.com

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