Password security is among the most challenging issues facing businesses today. When a large consumer site is hacked, the email addresses and passwords are sold or shared freely online. It’s relatively simple for bad guys to merge databases from different sources and compile a “login profile” for you as an individual. That means your online account at a department store can be matched with your hosting account login, and so on.

What can you do to prevent this from happening? One of the best things to do is use a unique password for each account. There are different “keychain” programs that will make this easier. Apple devices have one built in that can be enabled for seamless use.

If you want to look up your passwords and see if they are “in the wild”, try We tried it here and found some old passwords on our personal accounts that had been compromised in data breaches at LinkedIn and Adobe when those sites were hacked.