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Password hacking becoming more of a problem

Password hacking becoming more of a problem

By Joyce Lupiani. CREATED Apr 25, 2013

(KNTV) -- Hacking is becoming more and more common and causing big trouble for everyone from average Americans to big companies.

Just this week, the Associated Press was hacked and a fake tweet was sent claiming that the White House was bombed.

The fake tweet sent the stock market in a downward spiral, costing billions of dollars.

And it was all because of a password that was hacked.

Experts estimate that 90 percent of passwords are vulnerable to hacking.

Even amateur hackers can usually crack most passwords using automated scripts.

Three simple steps though can help:

First, use a password that is at least 8 or 9 characters long.

Second, never use a name, an obscenity, or words like love or God.

Third, try to use symbols or add a capital letter and an asterisk.

These three steps could change the time it takes to hack a password from days to years or even centuries.

The more unique a password is, the harder it will be to hack.




Joyce Lupiani

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