Same password could be problem for web users

Same password could be problem for web users

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by Mike Benner

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Posted on November 14, 2013 at 11:07 PM

Updated Friday, Nov 15 at 9:41 AM

The Southeast Grind is an internet café, the perfect place to talk about internet passwords.

“I’ve got passwords for everything,” said Paul Van Veen.

“I use about five or six across all my accounts,” added Mattison Unger. “I mostly use the same two or three passwords,” said Jacob Badger.

Not enough passwords is the problem computer security experts want to highlight after a security breach at Adobe. “

It’s very significant,” said Ken Westin of Tripwire. “Probably one of the biggest ones we’ve seen.”

According to Westin, tens of millions of customer passwords were compromised.

Adobe requires passwords for all sorts of software,  including the application used to download electronic books from public libraries in Multnomah County, and across the country.  

Adobe reset the passwords of users whose accounts were compromised.  Multnomah County Library said all library records and patron information is safe and secure.  The danger is for those who use the same combination of email and password elsewhere. 

"If people are using the same password I’m able to see your username, what password you’re using,” said Westin. “I can log into your Facebook accounts, Twitter accounts, even bank accounts.”

Westin urges users to come up with different passwords for different sites and change them often.

“I try to change my password every three to six months,” said Westin. “That’s a good practice to follow.”

Internet users back at Southeast Grind are taking the advice in stride, but they say they have their own system for passwords.

“I use a secure password so the one I have works for everything,” said Badger.

An internet security company has a tool that allows you to check if your Adobe password is among those compromised.  You can check it out here.

 

 

 

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