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How Often Do You Change Your Passwords?

Earlier this week, we found out that 10,000 email passwords were leaked and posted online. The number then slowly crept close to 20,000 — until Hotmail disclosed a whopping 100,000 accounts could have been affected.

After hearing the news, I immediately changed the passwords on all of my email accounts. Thankfully most of you have super-secure passwords (and if you don't, here's how to create a secure one), but sadly even a secure password is vulnerable when leaked.

After rushing to change my password, I realized I hadn't changed it in nearly a year. I'm also guilty of using the same passwords for multiple sites and applications. And, I'll admit I'm guilty of using an overused password now and then. I set a reminder on my calendar to change my passwords every three months, and hopefully I'll stick to it. What about you?

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nicolecat nicolecat 7 years
We're required to change our password every 3 months at work...and I take that opportunity to change my personal passwords as well, trying not to use the same one over and over. I think that is what gets people, once someone knows one...they know them all.
cupcake_ cupcake_ 7 years
I don't change mine very often at all. At work we are prompted to change it every couple months, and we can't use the same one we used the last 3 times. I am constantly forgetting what I changed my password to having so many diferent ones.
couturefreak couturefreak 7 years
I know someone who changes their password every week...I don't know HOW they do it...
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