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IT Security Tip #37: Why is it so important to have unique passwords for all your online accounts?

A complex password is a necessity in the current age of cyberthreats, data breaches and other security incidents. Those of us who live in reality also know how hard it is to keep the seemingly hundreds of passwords straight, secure and different. Wait, what’s that? All of your passwords aren’t different? 

Why is having different passwords so important? When an online retailer, or a website, gets hacked, oftentimes all you hear in the news is about how many credit cards were lost or what the financial damage was. You rarely hear about the user accounts that were compromised. However, if you have an account on a compromised website, the username and password you used very possibly could be published and available to anybody who wants to look at it at on the Internet. A clever crook knows that you probably use the same password on the compromised website as you do on your eBay, Amazon or other online account that may have a bank account tied to it. A good enough chance that they’re likely to try it anyway. Sure enough, when you used the same password on your eBay account that you also used to set up an account on the compromised website to reserve hotel rooms, buy clothes or whatever else, the hacker now has your eBay credentials. 

It is possible to keep the password madness under control. Ask us for tricks to having unique but memorable passwords. You might be surprised by how easy it really is. The bottom line is that no matter how much of a pain it is, it is very important to have different passwords for each online account. 

PowerPoint: Give Your Pitch More Pep With a YouTube Video

Add energy and action to your presentation with a web video. Go to the online video and copy the URL.

In PowerPoint, select Insert > Video > Online Video.

Paste the URL, and then click the arrow to insert the video onto the slide.Keyboard Keys

Shortcut of the Week

If you have your browser window open and other programs running in the background press Alt+Tab to switch between open programs. On Apple computers use Cmd+Tab to switch between open programs. If you are pressing Alt+Tab and pass the program you want to use, press Alt+Shift+Tab to move back to that program. If you have multiple tabs open in your Internet browser, press Ctrl+Tab to switch between them.

The Computer Center’s Weekly Webinar Series

Take advantage of The Computer Center’s webinar series that helps you learn how to protect your small business and your employees without leaving your office!

  • Thursday, September 12 – Understanding Metadata and How It Affects Security

Follow the link to register for more information.

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Submit your TCC Tuesday Tidbit requests and ideas to me by calling (608) 755-1524.


James Pearson, President
The Computer Center
One Parker Pl, Ste. #655
Janesville, WI 53545
(608) 755-1524