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Data Doctors Tech Tips | Ken Colburn & Brandon Disney
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Original Air Date: Jan 31, 2014

Password Databases

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It’s time for another Data Doctors Tech Tip!

Data breaches are nothing new and pre-date computers; there are news articles from the late 1800’s about thieves stealing important records.

Where there’s data, there are thieves and 2013 was one of the worst years on record for the volume of records exposed by data breaches.

It’s extremely important to understand that if any of your accounts are ever breached, you can never use the associated password ever again.

Hackers long ago started compiling huge databases of stolen passwords, because they know how many people use the same password on multiple sites.

Whenever they go after targets, they don’t have to start by guessing, they just simply check to see if the hashed password exists in the stolen password database.

If you aren’t sure if any of your accounts have ever been breached, there are couple of websites that we’ve posted at that will allow you to a quick check based on your e-mail address or username.

Keeping track of lots of complicated passwords is hard, so on Monday, I’ll share some tips on how to securely manage lots of passwords!