(USATODAY.com) - Online marketplace eBay is the latest website to report a massive cyber breach, encouraging users to change their passwords.
USA TODAY Network lists six tips for you to keep your passwords safe.
1. Use a different password for every website you visit.
We know it seems like password overload but it is a lot less work than dealing with getting hacked.
2. Use a combination of upper case, lower case, numbers and symbols.
The more original you are the better. According to Norton, some of the most common passwords created by online users last year were password, 123456, qwerty, 111111 and monkey.
3. Change your passwords every three months.
4. If it's hard to remember all your passwords, try a password manager.
Free apps include Dashlane, Password Box and Last Pass.
5. Make sure your computer has an anti-virus program.
Several companies offer some sort of all-in-one suite of protections. Some of the more popular ones are Avast,Bitdefender, Norton, Webroot,McAfee and Kaspersky.
6. Set up two-step log-ins
Two-step authentication asks you to sign in with your password, and then add a second sign-in — a numeric code sent by text, e-mail or a phone call. Think of it as a double password.
Google, Facebook, Twitter and Microsoft all recommend two-step authentication.
USA TODAY's tech columnist Jefferson Graham explains how he recovered after getting hacked.