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      What's the password?

      Today's digitally dominated world is full of social media sites, email providers, and more... all requiring a password. A unique password for each is the safest path, but that can potentially be dozens of unique passwords to remember.

      On our TV6 and FOX UP Facebook Page , Lisa Sutinen commented, "There is nothing wrong with having a lot of passwords. Buy an address book and keep them in there so they are alphabetically in order."

      That does, however, increase your risk of revealing your passwords to others.

      "Don't write it down, or if you do write it down, once you know it well, at least destroy that piece of paper," says Chris Wagner, Help Desk Manager at Northern Michigan University.

      Cutting back on the number of passwords you use can be more practical, but there is an added security risk.

      "If you're worried that somebody might find it, and they've got access to everything, well once a month you can change that password to something different," says Joshua Petrovich, owner of U.P. Technology Solutions in Marquette.

      If you prefer to use only one or two passwords for everything, make sure it's a good one. When creating a secure password, avoid using words, names or phrases. One of the most common passwords is the word "password." The safest passwords should be at least eight characters, contain upper and lowercase letters, some numbers, and at least one special character, like an exclamation point.

      "Good passwords are easy to for you to remember, hard for people to guess," adds Petrovich.

      Alexandra Saari said on Facebook, "All of my accounts from e-mail, Facebook, etc... are different passwords. And i change them periodically to avoid being hacked."

      Changing them was the one thing everyone agreed on. Whether you like to play it safe and have many passwords, or just one, change it periodically... ideally once a month to keep your sensitive information protected.

      For a look at some of the most common passwords used in 2010 (and therefore to avoid), click here . The list changes slightly every year.

      Below is some additional information provided by Chris Wagner about password security:

      Choosing and Protecting Passwords

      Supplementing Passwords

      Staying Safe on Social Network Sites

      Avoiding Social Engineering and Phishing Attacks

      Protecting Your Privacy

      Here is a review of tactics to use when choosing a password:

      â?¢Don't use passwords that are based on personal information that can be easily accessed or guessed.

      â?¢Don't use words that can be found in any dictionary of any language.

      â?¢Develop a mnemonic (memory aid) for remembering complex passwords.

      â?¢Use both lowercase and capital letters.

      â?¢Use a combination of letters, numbers, and special characters.(such as a ?, !, ;, %,or $)

      â?¢Use passphrases when you can.

      â?¢Use different passwords on different systems.