5 ways to better protect your Internet password

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    LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (KTHV) - Many computer users think their security passwords are safe if they use a variety of letters and numbers, however that may not always protect your valuable information.

    Here are 5 reasons your password security is probably weak and how to make it stronger.

    1: Your Password is "Password"
    Amazingly, "password" was the most popular password in 2012, according to hackers who stole millions of them. Also popular: "123456" and its neighbor "12345678," plus "welcome," "let-me-in," and "jesus."

    2: You Didn't Check Its Strength First.
    The Password Meter is a handy resource when setting up new accounts or changing your login info.
    It plugs your password into a formula and shows you exactly what its greatest strengths and weaknesses are. Go to passwordmeter.com to tweak it to perfection.

    3: Your Security Question is Obvious.
    Sites will often ask you to provide a security question and answer for use when you forget your password. Try for something complex or personal so hackers can't figure out the answer with a simple Google search.

    4: You Didn't Use the Space Bar.
    Many sites and programs don't actually allow you to use a space in your password, which is exactly why it's valuable to do so when you can. Anyone trying to guess at your password may not even think to tap on the space bar.

    5: It's Not Long Enough.
    Security experts say your password should be 12 to 14 characters long if possible -- which can provide a security boost.

    For more ways to keep your internet information safe, click here: http://www.rd.com/slideshows/password-security-weak/

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