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New Year - Set New Passwords

The beginning of the new year is a great time to reset all of your passcodes and login information for key personal websites.
The beginning of the new year is a great time to reset all of your passcodes and login information for key personal websites.  some tips for creating complicated passwords and ways to store that information to keep it safe.

When creating passwords, do yourself a favor and avoid the obvious. No 1-2-3-4 or your birth date and certainly do not restate your username.

While they may be harder to remember, try creating long passwords -- a different one for every site -- and use a combination of numbers and letters. For example, instead of a password like "ilovecnet2014," try this: upper case "I," exclamation point, lower case "L," a "zero" for the "o," upper case "V," "e," upper case "C," "n," a "3" for the "e," "t," dash, twenty spelled out and then the number 14. That won't be guessed anytime soon!

Now that you have longer, more complicated passwords, you need a place to remember them. The 10-dollar, one-Password app for iPhones and Androids is highly recommended. The app stores passwords, credit card numbers, passport information and even generates complicated passwords for you. And don't worry, 1Password boasts military-grade encryption for itself.


(Kara Tsuboi, CNET.com for CBS News)



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