Use Unique Secure Passwords Online

Russ Snediker -

Although we're told the passwords are encrypted, Gawker Media, the publisher of several popular blogs like LifeHacker and Gizmodo, has been hacked. If you've ever commented on any of their sites, chances are your email address and encrypted password are now on the public web.

The problem becomes a bit more serious for people who tend to use common passwords (like “password”) and those who share the same credentials across several online accounts.

It's a good idea to use something like 1Password to generate unique, secure passwords for each online account.

Has your account information leaked?

To check if your email address, password or username got leaked through the Gawker database, follow these steps:

  1. Go to the following site, type your email address in the Input box and click MD5.
    MD5 Generator: http://www.miraclesalad.com/webtools/md5.php
    This will generate an MD5 hash of your email address. Copy the string to the clipboard.
  2. Go to the following site, click on “Show Options” and choose “MD5” from the drop-down.
    Published MD5 List: http://www.google.com/fusiontables/DataSource?dsrcid=350662 
    Paste the MD5 string from Step 1 in the input box here and click apply.

If you see a matching row, it’s time to change your Gawker password ASAP. Also check your other online accounts where you may be using that same ID/email address. Please contact us if you'd like assistance with creating a secure online identity!

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