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Easy Password Security, Free!

Online banking, e-mail and Facebook all share one thing: you need a password to access them.

You may think you've chosen a good one, but how secure is it?

Security experts say using the same password for all of your accounts is a bad idea.

Another bad idea: basing your passwords on personal information like birthdays, your children's' names or even the names of your pets.

Personal information is easy to find through social media, such as your Facebook page.

So how do you choose something safe and secure?

Security gurus say start by making that password a pass phrase, made up of two or more words.

Try making up your own words that only make sense to you and can't be found in the English dictionary.

Use upper and lower case letters, and add numbers and special characters like a hyphen, underscore or brackets.

You may be saying, "How do you expect me to remember all that?"

Luckily, there is a program that serves as a vault for all your passwords. It is secure and easy to access. Everything is encrypted. 

LastPass Completely FREE, get it here!

Whenever you enter a password for a new site, LastPass will prompt you. You can choose which log-in information it should remember. From then on, entering a password-protected site takes one click.

You can access LastPass directly through an icon in your browser. It works with IE and Firefox and will sync passwords between them. It is a much safer alternative to using the same password everywhere. And it's much more secure than keeping an unlocked list of passwords.

LastPass also imports saved passwords from other password managers. And it can replace your current browser password managers.

The program works virtually everywhere. Your information is stored encrypted online. This means you can retrieve your passwords on any computer.

Since you don't have to remember multiple passwords, create strong ones! This way your information is more secure on individual password-protected sites. LastPass helps you create secure passwords, with the need to only remember one!

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