By now you may have heard that Gawker Media, which operates sites such as Gizmodo and LifeHacker, was recently hacked. The security breach released user names, email addresses, and passwords. The passwords are encrypted, however, they can be decrypted with some work. If you have ever commented on a Gawker Media site, change your password immediately.
For more info on the hack, check out the article on LifeHacker.
But don’t stop there. If you used that password for any other site, change that as well. While you’re at it, make sure that your new passwords are “safe” passwords. You’ll want to make sure your password is at least 12 characters long, contains letters, capital letters, symbols, and numbers. Also, be sure to use a different password on every site. If your password was a good one, it may take longer to decrypt, and it keeps it safe from a brute force attack. If you only use one password per site, your other accounts will be safe when the password for one of them is leaked.
Maybe there will be a day when passwords are unnecessary due to biometric scanners. However, until that day comes, you’ll want to make sure your digital assets are secure. Use a good password.