You may know how to make a secure password, but how do you handle a stolen password? Currently, many LinkedIn and eHarmony users have passwords that were stolen by Russian hackers. If you have an account with one of these sites how do you know if your password is one that has been stolen? Luckily, LastPass has a tool out for people to use to see if their password has been hacked.
Once you know if you have a stolen password, the next step is to create a new, highly encrypted password. A great password will combine letters and numbers and not be a word you can find in a dictionary. Also, do not use the same password for all the sites you belong to. If you have trouble remembering all the unique passwords you are creating, no worries; there's a tool for that! LastPass not only has a tool to find out if you have a stolen password but it also has a tool to help you remember all your passwords. There are several free tools to help with passwords and many of them are safer than letting your computer save your passwords for you.
You should also change your passwords often and never open e-mails that you are unsure about. After the LinkedIn breach, many hackers sent "phishing" e-mails that appeared to be from LinkedIn, but were not. They tried to portray the e-mails as being official and when users opened them they were in even more security trouble. It is a good idea to keep your anti-virus and malware protection updated and delete suspicious e-mails immediately. For most websites you can go to your account on the site and log-in there for official updates instead of reading them through your e-mail.
?There may not really be a way to prevent your passwords from ever being stolen, but following these tips may help your information be more secure and less attractive to hackers.