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President Obama just unveiled a number of proposals to crack down on hackers. It’s great that the government is working on this but we need to do a better job of protecting ourselves. Jimmy Kimmel sent a camera out onto Hollywood Boulevard to help people by asking them to tell us their password. And you have to see this to believe it.

This is the challenge of cyber security. Sad but true.

What is your password?

What is your password?

After watching the video and laughing, it’s time to ask yourself an uncomfortable question: how many of your passwords are so absurdly weak that they might as well provide no security at all?

Those of you using “123456,” “abc123,” or even just “password” might already know it’s time to make some changes. And using pets’ names, birth dates, your favorite sports teams, or adding a number or capital letter to a weak password isn’t going to be enough.

Is a password manager a solution? A password manager helps you create long, complicated passwords for websites and integrates into your browser, automatically filling in your usernames and passwords. Instead of typing a different password into each site you visit, you only have to remember one master password.

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