E-Bay is the latest in a growing list of companies
whose data has been hacked.
News 8's Martha Koloski has more on protecting your
most important information.
Cyber thieves are always looking for new ways to steal
your personal data.
One of the best ways to protect yourself online is
using strong passwords.
But who can remember all those passwords? Like many
people, Virginia Doetsch can't.
Virginia Doetsch, Between my home and my office, I
probably have 15 to 20 different passwords that I
have to remember.
And they change almost quarterly now.
Sometimes I almost need passwords for my passwords."
One solution - password managers.
Consumer Reports' Dean Gallea tested one called LastPass
that keeps all your passwords in one place and says
it's a good option.
Dean Gallea, "LastPass saves your login ID and password
for websites you've told it to.
And the next time you go to that website, it fills
it in for you." But isn't LastPass also vulnerable
to hackers? "LastPass stores your personal information
in its secure online vault, and any communications
between that vault and your computer are encrypted
so that it makes it effectively unreadable, even to
a hacker." You can download the service for free
for use on your computer, or if you want the 12-dollar
a year premium service, you'll get access to LastPass
on all your mobile devices.
But some people, like Virginia, are too afraid to
put their passwords in the hands of someone else.
Another option - create easy-to-remember, hard-to-crack
Dean Gallea "A more secure password has at least nine
characters and has a combination of letters, numbers,
You can use a core password that's easy to remember
and then put characters ahead of it and after it to
vary it for different websites." ."