The logic behind multiple passwords

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Q: I have been told that I should not reuse my password on multiple sites. My password is very complex and I don’t think anyone would be able to guess it. What’s the harm if I use it in more than one place?

A: The problem with passwords is that they are just as secure as the sites they are used for.

For example, in October 2013, 153 million Adobe accounts were breached. The hackers were able to take the email addresses and passwords used for these Adobe accounts and use them to sign in to other online services.

It didn’t matter how complex the password was, as the password database was fully exposed, revealing usernames and passwords.

If the owner of one of these Adobe accounts used the same password for their bank, the hackers could, in theory, gain access to the bank account.

And while you might think that no one has time to take those usernames and passwords and try them out on every possible online service, you’d be wrong. There are computer programs that take these databases and do just that.

I highly recommend keeping your passwords unique. I know this is a problem. Password managers like LastPass and 1Password can help.

And if you can’t bring yourself to use unique passwords everywhere, at least use them for your email and online banking.

It’s one thing to lose access to your Facebook account and another to lose access to your savings or your identity. The

Q: I still hear the term podcast. What is a podcast?

A: A podcast is a lot like a radio show. But rather than being broadcast over the air via AM or FM radio networks, a podcast is transmitted over the Internet.

Sometimes the podcast is streamed live and other times it’s a pre-recorded program that can be downloaded or streamed whenever someone wants to listen to it.

Podcasts come in many forms. Clever programs produced by professionals with very amateur efforts brought together by enthusiasts. Some of my favorites deal with science and history. There is literally something for everyone in the form of a podcast.

Typically, a podcast will last anywhere from 10 to 15 minutes to about an hour and is usually focused on certain topics.

Although you can listen to them on your computer, the most common method of listening to podcasts is to use a mobile device using a podcast app to subscribe, then listen to them while you exercise or while shopping.

By subscribing, you can request your device to download new episodes as they are released. Just like you could with your DVR to record episodes of your favorite TV shows.

You can find most of the popular podcasts through iTunes. You can see a list, broken down by category, of thousands of them at tinyurl.com/helplinepodcast.

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