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Don't reuse passwords

by Shawn O'Hern February 25, 2013

In light of the recent attacks on Twitter, The New York Times, Zendesk, and several other companies within the past month, I thought it would be a good time to discuss the dangers of using the same few passwords everywhere.

Imagine that one day, a website or service you use suffers an attack. Your password and some other personal info is leaked as part of the data breach. If that password is unique to that one account and used nowhere else, as unfortunate as the attack would be to you, at least the damage will be limited to that account. But now imagine that password is the same password you use for your online banking, webmail, or any other sensitive accounts. Suddenly you are in much more danger. If the attacker uses the breached password to access those other services, he or she will be able to wreak some serious havoc on your life.

Unfortunately, this is not just a theoretical threat. This sort of thing happens quite frequently and can lead to identity theft. If an attacker steals credentials to one site or account, he or she will try using those same credentials to log into other sites to see if they work. So if you are in the habit of using a few favorite passwords everywhere, stop it! Believe me, I know it's a hard habit to break. I even catch myself reusing passwords sometimes, either because it's too hard to memorize new passwords, or just out of sheer laziness. But it's just something we have to do. Online security and identity theft are not things to be taken lightly. Regex Password Vault is one of the most secure and convenient ways to store large numbers of passwords. When coupled with the built-in random password generator, it is super-easy to use strong and unique passwords for all your accounts.

We plan on adding a tool in a future release of Password Vault that will smoke out any duplicate passwords you may have in your Vault file. More details about this will follow.

Categorized as: Personal Security, Security News

What is Regex Password Vault?

Regex Password Vault is a password manager and form filler for Windows. It simplifies your life by remembering all your usernames and passwords for you, saves you time by logging you into websites and filling out long web forms with a single click or keystroke, and keeps you safe online by making it easy to use strong, unique passwords for all your accounts!

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