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17 things cyber crooks don't want you to know

They’re smart, they’re sneaky, and they want your personal information. Here’s how to stop them.

2. We've got all the time in the world
2. We've got all the time in the world
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Hackers have programs that systematically test millions of possible passwords.

“They go to sleep and wake up in the morning, and the program is still going, testing one password combination after another,” says Peter Fellini, a security engineer with Zensar Technologies, an IT and software services firm.

Outsmart us: Instead of a password, try a passphrase. Use letters and characters from a phrase and include special characters, numbers, and upper- and lowercase letters (Mary had a little lamb could become mh@Ll, for example).

Or consider a password manager that generates and remembers random, difficult-to-crack passwords.

Even then, some experts recommend unique passphrases for financial accounts in case the password manager gets hacked.

You may feel like your password is safe because it uses letters, numbers, and an ampersand, but don't be so sure. Here's 9 ways your computer password will get you hacked.



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